Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The World is Edging Closer to Achieving Universal Primary Education

According to the 2009 Millennium Development Goals Progress Report, the developing world is making significant strides in achieving universal access to primary education. In the developing world as a whole, enrollment coverage in primary education reached 88 percent, up from 83 percent in 2000. Major breakthroughs have been achieved in sub-Saharan Africa, where enrollment increased by 15 percentage points from 2000 to 2007.

In many countries, improvements in school enrollment have been associated with increased in national spending on education. According to the UN, the relatively sharp rise in enrollment in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia, despite rapid population growth is encouraging and shows promise that MDG #2, Achieving Universal Primary Education, will be achieved by the 2015 deadline.

- Tiffanie Depew

SOURCE: 2009 United Nations MDG Progress Report