Latest database releases and important announcements. Stories from the field highlighting use of DevInfo. Facts relating to the Millennium Development Goals

DevInfo - di Facts
Facts. You decide.
15   Half of the world’s out of school children live in 15 countries.
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

The past decade has seen marked advances in primary school enrolment. Many countries that started the decade on a trend that would have left them far short of the target of universal primary education (UPE) by 2015 now have a very real prospect of achieving the goal. However, the pace of advance has been uneven – and it may be slowing. On current trends the world will not achieve the ambition defined in the Dakar Framework for Action.

When the Framework was adopted, there were around 106 million children out of school. By 2008, the figure had fallen to 67 million. Led by a strong drive in India, South and West Asia has halved the size of its out-of-school population. Sub-Saharan Africa has increased enrolment ratios by almost a third, despite a large increase in the school age population.

Some 43 per cent of out-of-school children live in Sub-Saharan Africa and another 27 per cent in South and West Asia, and almost half live in only 15 countries.

Source: UNESCO Education For All Global Monitoring Report 2011

Reference:, p. 11