SDG Goals

Quality Education

Goal 3: Quality Education

In achieving the target of universal primary education, there has been enormous progress since 2000. In 2015, the total enrolment rate in developing regions reached 91 percent.

By almost half, the worldwide number of children out of school has dropped. In literacy rates and many more girls are in school, there has also been a dramatic increase. These are all remarkable successes.

Due to high levels of poverty, armed conflicts, and other emergencies, progress has also been tough in some developing regions. Ongoing armed conflict has seen an increase in the number of children out of school, in Western Asia and North Africa. This is a worrying trend. From 52% in 1990, up to 78% in 2012 – large disparities remain the greatest progress in primary school enrolment among all developing regions in Sub-Saharan Africa. The children from the richest households are four times less likely to be out of school than those of the poorest households. There are the highest disparities between rural and urban areas.

One of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development is achieving inclusive and quality education for all reaffirms. By 2030, all girls and boys complete free primary and secondary schooling is the goal which is to be ensured. Equal access to affordable vocational training, to eliminate gender and wealth disparities, and achieve universal access to a quality higher education is also the aim.

Facts and Figures:

  • 1 Enrolment in primary education in developing countries has reached 91%.
  • 2 Still, 57 million primary-aged children remain out of school, more than half of them in sub-Saharan Africa Still, 57 million primary-aged children remain out of school, more than half of them in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • 3 In developing countries, 1 in 4 girls is not in school.
  • 4 6 out of 10 children and adolescents are not achieving a minimum level of proficiency in reading and math.
  • 5 103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 percent of them are women.
  • 6 About half of all out-of-school children of primary school age live in conflict-affected areas.

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