This post is written by Purna Kumar Shrestha, Education Research and Advocacy Adviser at VSO on the Development Progress national progress in education blog series.
“While increasing access to education for marginalised children remains a challenge for many low-income countries, I’ve seen first-hand how the neglect of educational quality has led to a global learning crisis. As debate continues over the goals and targets for the post-2015 development agenda, not a single Education for All (EFA) goal will be achieved globally by 2015. New data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) show that the progress towards universal primary education has stalled, with barely any change in the numbers since 2007. In 2012, 58 million children of primary school age were out of school – half of them in conflict-affected countries.
But are the children in school getting the education they need? The short answer is, no. Children learn too little each year, many fall behind and those who complete primary schooling may not have learned basic skills. UNESCO’s EFA Global Monitoring Reporthighlights that 250 million children (half of whom spent at least four years in school) are unable to read, write, or do basic mathematics.”
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