It will be more than 70 years before all children have access to primary school, says a report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).
The report says 57 million remain without schools and at the current rate it will be 2086 before access is reached for poor, rural African girls. This means that the five-year-olds who are now missing out on beginning school will be grandmothers before universal primary education is achieved.
An estimated 250 million children are not learning basic reading and maths skills, even though half of them have spent at least four years in school. This “global learning crisis” costs developing countries billions of dollars a year in wasted education funding. Ten countries – India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, Brazil, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo – account for almost three-quarters of the world’s illiterate adults. Globally,
Two schoolgirls have won this year’s Steve Sinnott award to become the Young Ambassadors for the Send My Friend to School campaign. They will travel to Uganda on a fact-finding mission next month as part of their role. On their return to the UK, they will use their first-hand experience of the issue to begin the job of inspiring other pupils to get involved with the campaign, via social media and regional school events. Find out more #youngambassadors #SteveSinnottaward #Send