MDG 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education

The Goal: Achieve Universal Primary Education

What Do We Want To Achieve?

  • Ensure that all children, boys and girls alike, can complete a full course of primary schooling

What Have We Already Achieved?

  • Between 1999 and 2009, 43 million children worldwide were enrolled in primary education
  • The rate of enrollment in sub-Saharan African has increased from 58 to 76 per cent
  • Some of the most impoverished countries are those that have most advanced the access to universal primary education

What Challenges Remain?

  • There are still 61 million children left to enroll in schooling worldwide and more than half of them live in sub-Saharan Africa
  • The youth illiteracy rate exceeds more than 120 million people worldwide