244 million children still do not go to school worldwide

“No one can accept this situation. Education is a right and we must do everything in our power to ensure that this right is respected for every child,” UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay said in a statement .

According to UNESCO, of the 244 million children between the ages of 6 and 18 who do not go to school, more than 40%, i.e. 98 million, live in Sub-Saharan Africa, especially in Nigeria (20.2 million), Ethiopia (10.5), the Democratic Republic of Congo (5.9) and Kenya (1.8).

While in 2000 there were more girls than boys who did not attend school (+2.5% at primary school, +3.9% at high school), the gender gap was “reduced to zero”, notes UNESCO, even if “regional disparities persist”.

More than 400 million children did not go to school in 2000, according to the international institution that welcomes “progress” in the matter in the last two decades, even if their rate “has slowed substantially in recent years”.

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