70 Years Until All Children Can Attend Primary School

70 Years Until All Children Can Attend Primary School


In a shocking new UNESCO Report, it is estimated that it will take another seventy years before we see all children attending primary schools on a global scale. Previously, world leaders had claimed that by 2015 primary schools would be accessible to all children worldwide. It has become clear that this figure will not be achieved in the distant future and the UNESCO Report author, Dr Pauline Rose, has described the lack of schooling opportunities as a ‘global learning crisis’.


Currently, approximately 57 million children do not receive even the most basic of schooling; recent world conflicts and natural disasters have only served to increase this number.



  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Ethiopia
  • India
  • Philippines
  • Burkina Faso
  • Kenya
  • Niger
  • Yemen
  • Mali

Source: UNESCO


Dr. Rose also points out the gender gap, giving preferential education to boys rather than girls, especially in poor rural areas needs to be addressed. It is predicted that all girls will not be able to attend secondary education until the next century. This is conditional on aid payments to developing countries remaining uniform through the years. 

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Mike Hutchins is the founder of Good Morning Children, an on-line company that provides engaging and mentally stimulating resources for primary school children of all ages. Mike started Good Morning Children in 2006 with the aim of the company being to help children develop key thinking and reasoning skills. His qualifications include B.Sc (Engineering) and a PGCE in primary education.

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