6 Achieve universal primary education

Where do we stand?

Despite impressive strides forward at the start of the decade, progress in reducing the number of children out of school has slackened considerably.

High dropout rates remain a major impediment to universal primary education. An estimated 50 per cent of out-of-school children of primary school age live in conflict-affected areas.

Adjusted net enrolment rate ifor primary education, 2000 and 2012 (Percentage).
Source: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014.

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  • Half of the 58 million out-ofschool children of primary school age live in conflict-affected areas.
  • More than one in four children in developing regions entering primary school is likely to drop out.
  • 781 million adults and 126 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 per cent of them are women.

Read more in The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014

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Targets for MDG2
  1. Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
    • Net enrolment ratio in primary education
    • Proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach last grade of primary
    • Literacy rate of 15-24 year-olds, women and men