Universal primary education

Universal primary education

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Though access to education has improved worldwide, an estimated 250 million children of primary school age lack basic reading,MDG 2 is a key issue affecting girls and young women around the world. Ourmessages for 2014 are “Every girl has the right to learning so she reaches her fullest potential” and “Education opensdoors for all girls and boys”. 

 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. 

-Nelson Mandela

Though access to education has improved worldwide, an
estimated 250 million children of primary school age lack
basic reading, writing and numeracy skills, whether in school or not. Globally, 123 million youth (aged 15 to 24) lack these skills, with 61 per cent of those being young women (UN MDG Report 2013).

This situation can and must be changed. As the voice of girls and young women, the World Association has identified the UN Millennium Development Goal 2 as a priority issue on which to speak out. We have a special focus on getting non-formal education valued and recognised as an important part of all-round approach to education.

Our aim is to raise awareness of the issue, providing opportunities for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to learn about the importance of education and to stand up for the rights of girls and young women. Together, the 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in our international Movement can help ensure that every girl has the right to learning so she reaches her fullest potential.

 Did you know..

  • Currently there are more than 100 million children of primary school age not in school.
  • More than one in four adults worldwide cannot read or write and two-thirds are women.
  • A single year of primary school increases the wages people earn later in life by 5-15 per cent for boys and even more for girls.

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