UN: Just One-Third of Countries Reach 2015 Education Goals

screenshot-en unesco org 2015-07-10 11-26-14The UN gave only a third of the world’s countries a passing grade recently for efforts to provide universal basic education, but said most governments had failed on a pledge made 15 years ago, the Agence France-Presse reports. In 2000, 164 countries agreed at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Education Forum to ensure basic education for all by 2015. Several European countries as well as Cuba, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia are among those who managed to meet the education goal. Pakistan, Yemen and several countries in sub-Saharan Africa were nowhere close to meeting their targets. Only around half of the 164 countries have succeeded in providing universal primary education, the report says.

The 2015 Global Monitoring Report – Education for All 2000-2015: Achievements and Challenges – provides a complete assessment of progress since 2000 towards the target date for reaching the Dakar Framework’s goals.

It takes stock of whether the world achieved the EFA goals and whether stakeholders upheld their commitments. It explains possible determinants of the pace of progress.

Finally, it identifies key lessons for shaping the post-2015 global education agenda.

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