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Item 62 (b) of the provisional agenda
Promotion and protection of the rights of
Follow-up to the outcome of the special session on
FOLLOW-UP TO THE SPECIAL SESSION OF THE GENERAL
ASSEMBLY ON CHILDREN
Report of the Secretary-General
B. Providing Quality Education
40. An estimated 117 million school-age children
continue to be excluded from primary education - 53% of them girls. Universal
primary education by definition cannot be achieved without gender parity.
Equally, gender parity in primary education is of little worth if participation
remains at very low levels. Three regions - the Middle East and North Africa,
South Asia, and West and Central Africa - did not meet the gender parity goal in
primary education by 2005.
41. The improvement in primary school enrollment
between 1990 and 2000 in a number of African countries shows that success is
possible. Girls' education has been expanding all over the world, but neither
quickly nor consistently enough to provide a basic education for millions of
girls still out of school.
42. Enrollment, however, is only half the battle.
Dropping out, repeating grades and the poor quality of learning mean that many
of those who do attend school still fail to obtain the skills needed to function
as literate adults.
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