1.4.5 The Millennium Development Goals

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have set a target of full enrollment and completion of primary school for all children by 2015.32 The 2010 MDG Report showed that while enrollment in primary education has continued to rise, reaching 89 per cent in the developing world, the pace of progress is insufficient to reach the target by 2015.33 To achieve the target, all children of school-going age would have had to be enrolled in primary education by 2009, yet in sub-Saharan African countries, for example, at least one in four children was out of school in 2008.

The 2010 MDG report showed that even in countries that are close to achieving universal primary education, the percentages of children with disabilities not enrolled remained disproportionately high. In Bulgaria and Romania, net enrollment percentages for children aged 7 to 15 were over 90 per cent in 2002, but only 58 per cent of children with disabilities in that age group were enrolled in school.

32UN Millennium Development Goals, “Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education” Target “Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling”. http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/education.shtml

33 Millennium Development Goals 2010 Report