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Worldwide, 617 million children are not learning the basics in reading and math. That is just one of the sobering statistics highlighted in a new report titled SDG 4 Data Digest 2018: Data to Nurture Learning. The report was prepared by UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics and launched December 3 as ministers and policymakers gathered at the Global Education Meeting in Brussels to take stock of progress toward Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) on quality education for all.
One-third of the children and adolescents who lack reading and math skills are out of school and urgently need access to education. But the other two-thirds are actually in school and are still not learning. “Far from being hidden away or hard to reach, these children are sitting in classrooms, waiting for schools to deliver the quality education they have been promised,” says UIS Director Silvia Montoya. “That promise has been broken far too often.”
The new UIS report demonstrates how data can contribute to successful learning. Find out more and access a copy of the full report here.