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7   The percentage point increase in primary net enrolment in the developing world between 1999 and 2009 was 7.

Millennium Development Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education

Target 2A: Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling


Indicator 2.1: Net enrolment ratio in primary education


In the developing world as a whole, enrolment in primary education has increased slowly.

The net enrolment ratio has gone up by just 7 percentage points since 1999, reaching 89 per cent in 2009. In more recent years, progress has actually slowed, with an increase of just 2 percentage points between 2004 and 2009, dimming prospects for reaching the MDG target of universal primary education by 2015.


Note: Data for Oceania are not available.

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2011

Reference:, p. 16