New York, July 24: The first UN report on ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ which is related to the issue of education was introduced by UNESCO on Saturday. The reports showed that despite progress being made in ensuring quality educational opportunities, efforts particularly for vulnerable children must be redoubled.
The International agenda was to start on a good note but will require all UN agencies and its partners to work together. He said the report data set the benchmark for work on the Sustainable Development Agenda for the next 15 years.
UNESCO has been entrusted to lead and coordinate the achievement of the stand-alone Goal 4 on education. One of the key findings in the report is that children are less likely to attend school if they live in rural areas, are poor or have parents with little or no education. In 2013, the latest year for which data are available, 59 million children of primary school age and 65 million adolescents of lower secondary age were out of school, most of whom were girls. Children of primary school age from the poorest 20 per cent of households were more than four times as likely to be out of school as their richest peers.
Figures on early childhood showed that in 54 of 58 countries at least half of children aged 3 and 4 were developmentally on track in at least three of the following domains: literacy-numeracy, physical development, social-emotional development, and learning.
In 2013, there were still 757 million adults unable to read and write, of whom two-thirds were women. And in only 5 of the 22 countries in developing regions did at least 75 per cent of young people achieve the minimum proficiency in reading and/or mathematics – a much lower achievement than in more developed countries.