Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Primary education target not attainable for 57 developing countries

Of the 152 developing countries, 57 will not reach the millennium development goal of putting all primary-aged children in school by 2015, the latest global monitoring reports of Education for All (EFA) and International Labour Organization (ILO) has said. Incidentally, June 12 was observed as 'World Day Against Child Labour'.

According to the EFA global monitoring report, some 77 million primary-aged children are not enrolled in schools. And ILO's latest report points out that "more than 165 million children in the age group of 5-14 years are involved in child labour, which is a major cause of being out of school".

About 82% of out-of-school children are in rural areas of south and west Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Besides, there exists significant gender gap among those in school. "For every 100 boys in school, there are only 94 girls," the report said. Moreover, surveys suggest that "many children who are enrolled in school do not attend regularly". (Link)

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