6 Achieve universal primary education

Where we are


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On Track

On Track

On Track

On Track

Niue's progress

The education standards in Niue are high and with a total primary enrollment of 100%. Transport to schools are provided for free which all attribute to having fully achieved MDG2. Read more in the Niue CPAP 2008-2012, pp 3-4.

Samoa's progress

The net primary school enrolment ratio has decreased for both boys and girls from about 99% in 2004 to 96% in 2009.  Read more in the Samoa MDGs Initiative, p 5.

Where we are globally

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Adjusted net enrolment rate in primary education, 2000 and 2011 (Percentage). Source: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013.

Too many children are still denied their right to primary education, if current trends continue the world will not meet the goal of universal primary education by 2015.





  • In 2011, 57 million children of primary school age were out of school, down from 102 million in 2000.
  • More than half of these out-of school children live in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Globally, 123 million youth (aged 15 to 24) lack basic reading and writing skills; 61 per cent of them are young women.


Targets for MDG2
  1. Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
    • Net enrolment ratio in primary education
    • Proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach last grade of primary
    • Literacy rate of 15-24 year-olds, women and men