/UNESCO/: The number of children and youth not enrolled in education has increased by 6 million since 2021

 A new report issued by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) showed that the number of children and youth out of school has increased by 6 million since 2021.

The report said that despite the organization’s efforts over the past decades to ensure quality education for all, data show that the number of children and youth out of school is now rising, and countries must urgently remobilize if they do not want to sell the future of millions of children.

According to new UNESCO figures released Monday evening, the number of out-of-school children and youth has risen by 6 million since 2021, now reaching a total of 250 million.

The report attributed this increase to the continued stagnation in educational progress around the world.

The UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report 2023 concluded that since 2015, the proportion of children who completed primary education increased by less than 3 percentage points to 87 percent, and the proportion of young people who completed secondary education increased by less than 5 percentage points to 58 percent.

The report stated that globally, youth literacy rates improved by less than one percentage point, and adult participation rates in education (both formal and non-formal) declined by 10 percent, mainly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adore Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, called on countries to take rapid action to confront this phenomenon, pointing out that this result undermines the goals of the United Nations in the field of education.

Azoulay explained that to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4, a new child must be enrolled in school every two seconds from now until 2030. For countries to achieve their goals, they need to enroll 1.4 million people in early childhood education every year until 2030, Progress in primary school completion rates should nearly triple.

QNA

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