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Education For All

Top Ten Facts - World

Despite moderate advancements in enrollment worldwide, low investment and poor quality continue to hamper global progress towards EFA.

  1. Planet Earth had 781 million illiterate people in 2004, of which 770 million lived in developing countries. Two thirds were women. (2007)
  2. Less than 80 percent of girls enroll in primary school worldwide. In Sub-Saharan Africa, less than 66 percent bother to turn up. (2007)
  3. Every second illiterate person in the world lives in South Asia and every third one of them lives in India. (2007)
  4. 11 percent of global primary school children fail to enroll in school and stand little chance of ever doing so. (2007)
  5. A primary education may be a minimum education, yet 1 in 5 students around the world never even make it that far. (2007)
  6. In 2004 only 67 percent of the world’s children were enrolled in secondary school. Secondary education receives short shrift as many developing countries prioritise primary school enrollments. (2007)
  7. Around 100 million children are out of school today around the globe. (2004)
    EFA Global Monitoring Report 2005 - The Report at a Glance
  8. The world needs an additional 18 million teachers to accomplish Education for All by 2015.
    Read Global Campaign for Education School Report 2008
  9. Sub-Saharan Africa spends less than 3.3 percent of GDP on education. UNESCO recommends countries spend closer 6 percent to achieve results. (2007)
  10. An extra US$11 billion a year is needed worldwide to achieve Education for All by 2015. (2007)
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