The graph below plots trend data on the number of children out of school calculated by UNESCO for the period 1999-2005 and by UNICEF for the period 2002-2006. (The 2002 estimate in the latter trend line is based on joint work by UNICEF and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.) If we assume that the reduction in the number of children out of school continues at the same average rate as over the past years, more than 30 to 40 million children will still be out of school by 2015 and the international community will have failed in its efforts to secure primary education for all children.
Children out of school, 1999-2015
Data sources: UIS (2005), UNESCO (2007), UNICEF (2007).
- UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). 2005. Children out of school: Measuring exclusion from primary education. Montreal: UIS. (Download in PDF format, 4.9 MB)
- UNESCO. 2007. Education for all by 2015: Will we make it? - EFA global monitoring report 2008. Paris: UNESCO. (Download in PDF format, 11.8 MB)
- UNICEF. 2007. Progress for Children: A World Fit for Children Statistical Review. New York: UNICEF. (Download in PDF format, 3.6 MB)
- UNICEF statistical review: Progress for Children
- EFA Global Monitoring Report 2008
- UN Millennium Development Goals Report 2007
- Population structure and children out of school
- 115 million children out of school
- India has 21 million children out of school
- Pupil/teacher ratio in primary school
Friedrich Huebler, 13 January 2008 (edited 8 February 2009), Creative Commons License
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