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India made big gains in child education: UN

Education NewsA Unesco global education report that human resource development minister Smriti Irani would release on Thursday has revealed this.

The report said gross enrolment ratio in pre-primary education touched 58% in 2012, compared to 19% in 1999. Primary education net enrolment ratio reached 99% in 2012.

India has reduced its out-of-school children by over 90%. Globally 52% of countries including India achieved universal enrolment in primary education.

India is predicted to be the only country in South and West Asia to have an equal ratio of girls to boys in both primary and secondary education this year.

Unesco’s Global Monitoring Report (GMR) director Aaron Benavot praised India for making exemplary progress in helping children gain access to pre-primary and primary education since the global education goals were set in 2000.

“India’s example clearly shows that with sufficient political will and resources the world can step up to meet the new education targets by 2030,” said Benavot.

“To achieve global change in promoting a more sustainable future, all governments, including India, must mobilize new resources for education. International partners must ensure that aid is distributed to those most in need.”

Globally, just one-third of countries have achieved all of the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals set in 2000.

Only half of all countries have achieved the most prominent goal of universal primary education. Now, new education targets are being set for 2030.

An extra $ 22 billion a year is needed apart from ambitious government contributions to ensure goals are achieved.

Source: TOI

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