This report, backed by many of the world’s leading anti-poverty organisations, shines a spotlight on the worst places in the world to be a school child. The findings paint a stark picture of the lives of children from 60 of the poorest countries. It demonstrates loud and clear that the efforts to provide universal access to education are in crisis, and that the progress made in enrolling 40 million more children in school since 2000 is now under severe threat. There are still 69 million children out of school today.
The UN report that if current trends continue, the slowdown in progress in enrolments will mean that in 2015 there will be more children out of school than there are today. In addition, too often the quality of education on offer is very poor, leading to early drop-out and illiteracy. Across the world there are 759 million adults who cannot read or write. In sub-Saharan Africa, 48% of children do not complete primary school and only one country in the region sends more than half its children to secondary school.