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UNESCO Report Analyzes Global Education Trends
UNESCO released its 2015 Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report, “Education for All 2000-2015: Achievements and Challenges,” which found that one-third of countries have achieved the EFA goals they set in 2000. Other key findings are as follows:
- In 2015, nearly 100 million children are not completing primary education.
- About 50 million more children are enrolled in school in 2015 than were enrolled in 1999.
- In 2015, the percentage of illiterate adults decreased to 14% (from 18% in 2000). Half of sub-Saharan African women lack basic literacy skills.
- The number of primary school students per teacher decreased in 121 of 146 countries between 1990 and 2012.
“The world has made tremendous progress towards Education for All,” says UNESCO’s director-general Irina Bokova. “Despite not meeting the 2015 deadline, millions more children are in school than would have been had the trends of the 1990s persisted. However, the agenda is far from finished. We need to see specific, well-funded strategies that prioritize the poorest—especially girls—improve the quality of learning and reduce the literacy gap so that education becomes meaningful and universal.”
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