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In 2000, the international community made a promise that by the end of 2015, every girl and boy should have access to primary education as exemplified in Goal 2 of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). However, it has been widely recognized that 58 million children from around the world are out of school. UNESCO Institute for Statistics and UNICEF confirm this figure in their new report which also emphasizes the specific marginalization factors which cause these children to be out of school. Key findings are presented in this interactive data tool which illustrates why millions of children are being left behind.
In order to address this issue, the whole education community has consistently highlighted that reaching the most marginalized children will reduce the number of out of school children.
The whole education community has consistently highlighted that reaching the most marginalized children will reduce the number of out of school children.
The UNESCO Institute of Statistics and UNICEF assert in the report that several countries have made significant improvements in ensuring that out of school children are able to access school by investing in interventions such as abolishing school fees, introducing relevant curricula, and providing scholarships to financially struggling families. This specifically implies that there is a big need to create learning environments that are responsive to the diverse needs of these children.
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