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Primary Enrollment Rises in Poor Nations

By Mary C. Breaden — December 11, 2007 1 min read

Education for All by 2015: Will We Make It?

Primary school enrollment has increased by 39 percent in sub-Saharan Africa and increased by 22 percent in South and West Asia between 1999 and 2005, concludes a report by a team of researchers at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, the branch of the United Nations that works to promote gender, economic, and educational equality.

The report also found that 14 countries had abolished primary school tuition and that the number of primary- school-age children who do not attend school declined from 96 million to 72 million since 1999. The results of this report are based on UNESCO’s evaluation of how well the educational policies of the 129 countries examined have met six UNESCO goals.

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