Progress in getting all children to school stalls but some countries show the way forward

Progress in getting all children to school stalls but some countries show the way forward
UNESCO Policy Paper 14 / Fact Sheet 28
Jointly released by the Education for All Global Monitoring Report (GMR) and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)
June 2014
[Excerpt from press release and report; Editor’s text bolding]

…As debate continues over the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda, new data show that the world will not fulfil one of the most basic commitments: to get every child in school by 2015. According to UIS data, nearly 58 million children of primary school age (typically between 6 and 11 years of age) were not enrolled in school in 2012 (see Figure 1). Many of them will probably never enter a classroom.

The momentum to reach out-of-school children has slowed considerably in recent years, with the global primary out-of-school rate stuck at 9% since 2007… The standstill at the global level is the result of opposing trends: a significant decline in the number of out-of-school children in certain countries due to important policy initiatives, and a rising school-age population in sub-Saharan Africa.

In view of the most recent UIS data, it is certain that the world will not reach the (MDG) goal of UPE (universal Primary Education) by 2015.