The Achievement of Universal Primary Education

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The achievement of universal primary education (UPE is the second of the MDGs. It requires that every child enroll in a primary school and completes the full cycle of primary schooling. Every child in every country would need to be currently attending school for this to be achieved by 2015. Considerable progress has been made in this regard in many countries, particularly in encouraging enrolment into the first tier of schooling. Few of the world’s poorest countries have dramatically improved enrolments, restricted gender gaps and protracted opportunities for disadvantaged groups. Enrolments across South and West Asia (SWA) and sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), in particular flew by 23 percent and 51 percent respectively between 1999 and 2007. The primary education net enrolment rates (NER) increased at a much faster pace than in the 1990s and by 2007 rose at 86 percent and 73 percent respectively in these two regions. For girls, the NER rates in 2007 were a little lower at 84 percent and 71 percent respectively. The number of primary school-age children out-of school fell by 33 million at g...
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