Millennium Development Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
Target: Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015
Although considerable progress has been made in reaching gender parity in primary education – all regions are currently deemed to be on track to meet this target – there are sizeable gaps in several countries and in West and Central Africa in particular. In developing countries, 52 million girls were out of primary school in 2006 as compared to 47 million boys.
Education is a right for every child and is also pivotal to improving maternal and neonatal health, reducing the incidence of child marriage, eliminating extreme poverty and hunger, and enhancing knowledge of health risks and life skills.
Source: Estimates derived by the Statistical Information Section, United Nations Children’s Fund, using attendance data from household surveys (Demographic and Health Surveys and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys) and UNESCO Institute of Statistics.