Progress has been made through UNICEF’s efforts towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals of “education for all” in Mali. The education sector has seen significant progress overall between the 2004-2005 and 2007-2008 school years in terms of enrollment, largely through development of PRODEC reforms.
The number of children attending school in 2008 was 1,823,037, an increase of about 9 per cent since 2004. Access to Education has also improved; the admission rate in the first years of the fundamental rose from 75.6 per cent to 79.4 per cent between 2006 and 2009, and in basic education from 75 per cent to 80 per cent. Mali has thus achieved the objective set in terms of gross enrollment and the rate of admission.
However, some 40 per cent of children in the country have not had the chance to learn. While more children now access school in Mali than ever before, narrowing the gender gap and improving the quality of education remain key challenges.