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is the key to the new global economy, from primary school on
up to life-long learning. It is central to development, social
progress and human freedom."
the Millennium Report
number of children in school rose significantly in the past
decade, from 599 million in 1990 to 681 million in
- Since 1990,
some 10 million more children go to
school every year, which is nearly double the 1980-90
- East Asia,
the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean are now close to
achieving universal primary education.
number of out-of-school children decreased from 127 million
in 1990 to 113 million in 1998.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, for example, the number
of out-of-school children was halved, from 11.4 million in 1990
to 4.8 million in 1998.
- The number
of children in pre-school education has risen by 5 per cent
in the past decade. Some 104 million
children were enrolled in pre-primary establishments in 1998.
- The number
of literate adults doubled from 1970 to 1998 from 1.5 billion
to 3.3 billion. Today, 85 per cent of
all men and 74 per cent of all women can read and write.
- Some 87
per cent of young adults (15-24 years olds) are literate
- Despite progress
in actual numbers, illiteracy rates
remain too high: at least
875 million adults remain illiterate, of which 63.8 per cent
are women – exactly the same proportion as 10 years ago.