Universal access to quality education is not a privilege – it is a basic human right. And today, more children than ever are enrolling in primary school at the appropriate ages, contributing to a primary school net enrolment ratio of around 93 per cent worldwide.
Yet, despite the global progress in education, 7 per cent of children are still missing out on primary schooling. Based on estimates for 2013, some 59 million boys and girls still cannot exercise their right to primary school education. Children from the poorest households are 5 times more likely to be out of school than those from the wealthiest. In nearly all countries with data, wealthier children had better learning results than poorer children.
Globally, two thirds of secondary school-aged children are enrolled in school; in the least developed countries, only one third are. To move from enrolment to achievement, considerably more focus is required on learning outcomes and shrinking the substantial wealth-based achievement gaps that still exist.
UNICEF is committed to nothing less than full and complete access to inclusive, equitable and quality education for every girl and boy across the globe.
To learn more about what UNICEF does to ensure that every child has access to quality education and learns, go to: http://allinschool.org/