[Translate to Englisch:] Kinder spicken in die Fenster einer Grundschule hinein. / Children peek through a primary school window. (Photo: UNESCO/ Alland Dharmawan)
13. July 2017
UNESCO publishes paper on education: Too many children worldwide are out of school
Children worldwide are in the spotlight of the EMS children's programme. We want to know how they live and what their concerns are. We use our blog also for reporting about current surveys and global developments concerning the youngest generation on our planet: the children. Today I would like to give you a brief insight in the latest UNESCO study on global education. You may read the whole paper here.
About 263 million children and youth are out of school
The current UNESCO study on education "Leaving no one behind: How far on the way to universal primary and secondary education?" illustrates that 61 million children of primary school age (about 6 to 11 years), 60 million young adolescents of lower secondary school age (about 12 to 14 years) and 142 million youth of upper secondary school age (about 15 to 17 years) are excluded from education. That means that about 263 million children worldwide are out of school.
How are the perspectives?
To ensure that all children complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education, the United Nations decided in 2015 with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) to achieve the universal completion of education until 2030. Huge challenges are armed conflicts: 35% (21.5 million) of the global number of out-of-school children live in countries affected by armed conflicts.
Girls often remain excluded from education
Despite of several efforts in the past 20 years, girls are still more likely than boys excluded from education. 15 million girls of primary school age will never have the opportunity to attend primary school, compared to about 10 million boys.
Educating girls is at the heart of social development. (Photo: UNESCO / Nguyen Thanh Tuan)
Many details on your particular interest - also concerning areas in the world - you will find in the UNESCO paper.
Global Education Monitoring Report
Published annually, the Education for All Global Monitoring Report evaluates the progress of the Member States towards the new Agenda 2030. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a set of 17 "Global Goals": The Sustainable Development Goals (short: SDGs). The SDG's were adopted in September 2015. More information on the Global Education Monitoring Report you find here.