Friday, March 23, 2018
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

UNESCO: 264 million children have no access to school

Globally, over 260 million people have no access to education; this failure requires a collective international response.

Over 260 million children and youths across the world, equivalent to the combined population of Russia, Poland and Germany, have no access to education, according to a new report from the UNESCO.

There are 61 million children of primary school-age (6-11 years) disadvantaged, 60 million of lower secondary school-age (12-14 years), and upper secondary school-age (15-17 years) set at 142 million.

The findings are part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development report released jointly by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report.

The report is based on data from 128 countries over the period 2010- 2015.

Irina Bokova, the director-general of UNESCO, urged the global community to undertake a common effort to overcome the educational "failure".

"There are today 264 million children and youth not going to school - this is a failure that we must tackle together, because education is a shared responsibility and progress can only be sustainable through common efforts.

"According to the report representing 90 percent of the global population of upper secondary school age, less than one in four young people had completed upper secondary school in 40 countries and less than one in two in 60 countries ... there were only 14 countries with a completion rate of at least 90 percent," she said

"Governments are the primary duty bearers for the right to education, yet this right is not justiciable in almost half of countries, and the primary course of action for those with a complaint is lost," she added.

She said stronger mechanisms should be established to tackle the failure and also "to enshrine and enforce the right to education and hold all governments to account for their commitments, including donors".

blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

WaterAid: Access to clean water lac...

Read More

Deadly car bomb blast rocks Somalia...

Read More

Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa pardo...

Read More

Captors release group of abducted N...

Read More

Nigerian forces failed to act on ma...

Read More

Sudan, the world's last white north...

Read More


US officials accuse the nine individuals of stealing information from more than 300 universities in 22 countries.\

Read More


Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:



Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

One year under Trump

Gun violence in US