Progress has stalled in providing education for all young people worldwide, according to a new fact sheet from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). Three years after the adoption of Sustainable Development Goal 4 and the promise to provide universal primary and secondary education, there has been no progress in reducing the global number of out-of-school children, adolescents and youth.
After steady progress in reducing out-of-school numbers in the decade following 2000, progress has essentially stopped in recent years. In 2016, 263 million children, adolescents and youth were out of school, representing nearly one-fifth of the global population of this age group. For further details, read the entire UIS fact sheet here. A related Global Partnership for Education blog post by Silvia Montoya and Karen Mundy proclaims that it’s “Time to get serious about education for all, with progress at a standstill.” Read the full article here.