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Fact of the week



65%: The proportion of out-of-school children who have never attended school globally in 2001/02

Millennium Development Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
Target: Ensure that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary education

The figure shows the variation in the different types of out-of-school children by region. In Africa, South Asia, and Central and East Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), children who are out of school will most likely never attend – although the phenomena of late entry or early dropout should not be ignored. The picture is different in East Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and the industrialised countries. Here out-of-school children can typically be expected to enter school late. Less than one-quarter of these children are completely excluded from education.

Source: UNICEF & UNESCO, Children Out Of School: Measuring Exclusion From Primary Education, Montreal, Quebec, 2005



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