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18     Sub-Saharan Africa had a gain of 18 percentage points in net enrollment rates for primary education between 1999 and 2009.

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.

With an 18 percentage point gain between 1999 and 2009, Sub-Saharan Africa has the best record for improvement, followed by Southern Asia and Northern Africa, which had a 12 percentage point and an 8 percentage point increase, respectively. By contrast, the net enrolment ratio fell from 94 per cent to 93 per cent in the Caucasus and Central Asia.


Source: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2011

Reference:, p.16