Education is sometimes seen as one of the successes of the Millennium Development Goals. Even though the targets – universal primary education by 2015 (MDG 2) and gender parity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005 (MDG 3) – will not be met by 2015, nevertheless huge progress has been made. In 2000, there were 100 million children of primary school age out of school, and by 2010 this had fallen to 61 million, even as populations rose. There are now at least nine girls for every 10 boys in primary schools in every region of the world (although that’s not the case at secondary level). Progress has been possible because of campaigners around the world using the MDGs to hold governments to account; the Global Campaign for Education (GCE)’s member coalitions in 96 countries have been very active in reminding governments – both south and north – of their promises
GCE is still consulting with its members on the post-2015 framework for education. But it is very clear that any future agreement must not neglect the promises already made, both in the MDGs and in the Education For All framework.
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