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Fact of the week



60 per cent: The proportion of children of secondary school age who attend secondary school

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

Secondary education is essential for individual children to achieve their full potential, and for nations to advance social and economic development. Yet, only 60 per cent of children of the appropriate age attend secondary school. In sub-Saharan Africa, that number drops to only a quarter; in this region, substantially more secondary-school-age children attend primary school than attend secondary school. The poorer a child’s household, the less likely the child is to attend secondary school.
Source: UNICEF, Progress For Children: A Child Survival Report Card, November 6, 2007.



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