The State of the World's Children 2000

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Map 3: Learning and education

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Maps were revised after publication of The State of the World's Children 2000.

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School enrolment
Proportion of children enrolled in or attending primary school
Copyright© 1999 UNICEF90% and over
Copyright© 1999 UNICEF75%-89%
Copyright© 1999 UNICEF50%-74%
Copyright© 1999 UNICEFLess than 50%
Copyright© 1999 UNICEFNo data
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Sources: UNESCO and household survey data; UNICEF, The State of the World's Children 2000, table 4.
Changes in enrolment
Net primary school enrolment in 1980 and 1996

Source: UNICEF

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The rural gap
Countries where primary school attendance in rural areas is lower than in urban areas by 15% or more 1990-95.

Source: UNICEF, The Progress of Nations 1997

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Children have the right to a basic education that is free and of good quality.
  • Although primary school enrolment rates have increased globally since 1980, more than 130 million children of school age in the developing world are still growing up without access to basic education
  • Girls represent nearly 60% of the children out of school
  • In many countries, this gender gap widens even further at the secondary level.
This map does not reflect a position by UNICEF on the legal status of any country or territory or the delimitation of any frontiers. Dotted line represents approximately the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir agreed upon by India and Pakistan. The final status of Jammu and Kashmir has not yet been agreed upon by the parties.

General Notes

Map 3. Learning and education: The map demonstrates the progress made towards the World Summit for Children goal of universal primary education for at least 80% of school-age children with a special emphasis on reducing the inequality between boys and girls. It shows primary school enrolment and attendance around the world, with a particular emphasis on the countries where the education of girls is significantly behind that of boys. Primary school under-enrolment and inequality are concentrated in two bands, one across the center of Africa and the other in South Asia. The largest differences between urban and rural attendance occur mostly within the bands. These are also the countries where female illiteracy exceeds 70%.

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