The world’s failing grades on universal education

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In 2000, the world set six education targets to be met by the end of next year. But despite advances over the past decade, “not a single goal will be achieved globally by 2015,” according to a Unesco Global Monitoring Report.

The goals included:

  • Expanding and improving childcare and education;
  • Providing free, high quality and compulsory primary school education for all;
  • Ensuring equitable access to learning and life skills for children and young adults;
  • A 50% improvement in adult literacy, especially for women;
  • Eliminating gender disparities in education by 2005 and achieving gender equality; by 2015;
  • Ensuring that recognised and measurable learning outcomes are achieved by all.

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