UNESCO report finds universal education commitment a mirage

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The world would be 50 years late in achieving the global education commitments especially the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on inclusive, equitable quality education and promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all.

A new report by the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) forecast that universal primary completion would be attained in 2042. Moreover, universal lower secondary completion will be achieved in 2059 and universal upper secondary completion will be in 2084.

The report says the poorest countries will achieve universal primary education over 100 years later than the richest. The principal conclusion is that, in low and middle-income countries alike, the SDGs scenario requires an unprecedented break with past trends if the attainment component of inclusive education for girls and boys is to be attained, according to the report.

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