Over 265 million children are currently out of school and 22% of them are of primary school age. Additionally, even the children who are attending schools are lacking basic skills in reading and math. In the past decade, major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrollment rates in schools particularly for women and girls.
The reasons for lack of quality education are:
• lack of adequately trained teachers
• poor conditions of schools
• equity issues related to opportunities provided to rural children.
Inequalities in Education have been exacerbated by COVID-19. Remote learning is out of reach for at least 500 million students. For quality education to be provided to the children of impoverished families, investment is needed in
• educational scholarships
• teacher training workshops
• school building and
• improvement of water and electricity access to schools.
More than half of children and adolescents worldwide are not meeting minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics. Efforts are needed to improve the quality of education. Disparities in education along gender, urban-rural, and other lines still run deep, and more investments in education infrastructure are required.
At the global level, the participation rate in early childhood and primary education was 70 per cent in 2016, up from 63 per cent in 2010. The lowest rates are found in sub-Saharan Africa (41 per cent) and Northern Africa and Western Asia (52 per cent).