Millennium Development Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
Target: Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
The latest survey data indicate that around 90 per cent of children entering primary school remain in school until the final grade.
Higher enrolment in primary education is, however, leading to concerns that educational quality needs to keep pace to ensure that children completing primary school have a strong foundation for further learning.
Enhanced quality will have multiplier effects, enabling enrolled children to have higher rates of attendance and completion, better learning outcomes, and increasing rates of transition to the next level of education and to meaningful employment.
Source: Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), 2003-2008. Data refer to the most recent year available during the referenced period.
http://www.childinfo.org/sowc_interactive_site/ and The State of the World’s Children Special Edition – Celebrating 20 Years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNICEF, 2009).