Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
Education is a basic human right and should be made available to everyone, yet 75 million children throughout the world still do not attend primary school, and almost half of them have never received any education at all.
The children most likely to drop out of school or to not attend at all are often girls, especially those from poorer households or living in rural areas.
This situation is all the more worrying as it has a negative impact on the other Millenium Development Goals. For instance, education has a positive effect on the success of HIV prevention and increases the probability of accessing decent employment.
Our plan: to ensure that all boys and girls alike can go to primary school by 2015.
How are we doing?
The EU is the main donor to the international initiative “Education for all”, a movement to meet the learning needs of all children, youth and adults by 2015.
The EU supports efforts to increase enrolment of the poorest children by:
- abolishing school fees;
- constructing schools in underserved areas;
- boosting the recruitment and training of teachers; and
- encouraging gender equality at school.
- 89% of children who live in poor countries are going to school
- 2 out of 3 adults who cannot read or write are women
From the field
This programme addresses four main areas:
- Better management of the primary education system.
- More recruitment and better teacher training.
- Better infrastructure.
- Equitable access for all children.
The Primary Education Development Programme (PEDP) aims to ensure that all children have equitable access to a good quality primary education. European Commission funding aims to strengthen the PEDP by focusing on district programmes and the construction of schools, as well as activities which aim at improving the quality of education.