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Fact of the week



72 million: The number of children of primary school age not in school in 2005

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


Source: UN DESA,The Millennium Development Goals Report 2007, New York, June 2007.

Progress has been made in reducing the number of children out of school. Still, the number is unacceptably high. Based on enrolment data, about 72 million children of primary school age were not in school in 2005; 57 per cent of them were girls. As high as this number seems, surveys show that it underestimates the actual number of children who, though enrolled, are not attending school.



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