EDUCATION FOR ALL: Nepal enrolment effort bearing fruit: UNESCO

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KATHMANDU, MAR 03 -

A UNESCO report has revealed that Nepal has made significant improvement in education enrolment.

“The number of children enrolled in primary education increased by 1.2 million between 1999 and 2008,” according to the 2011 Global Monitoring Report on Education for All (EFA) prepared by UNESCO.

The report is UNESCO’s drive aimed at meeting the learning needs of all children and adults by 2015 worldwide. It has warned that the high dropout rate of 38 percent affects the gain achieved by Nepal in school enrollment.

The report has listed Nepal among those countries likely to miss the goal of halving by 2015 the number of women and men who cannot read and write, said the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu in a statement on Wednesday.

“The report indicates that the world in general is not on track to achieve the goal of literacy for all by 2015,” the statement said.

“The situation is particularly worrying in South and West Asia, where the literacy rate stood in 2008 at only 62 percent compared to the global literacy rate of 83 percent”

The report has compiled the progress and achievements of more than 200 countries and territories across the world with respect to all six goals of EFA, which are related to early childhood care and education, universal primary/basic education, youth and adult, the statement said.

The report has also highlighted perception of unfairness related to education as a powerful source of group-based grievance if children are denied an equal opportunity just because of their ethnicity, language, religion and location.

Posted on: 2011-03-03 08:45