- Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
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- Primary school enrolment has increased by 25 million children between 1999 and 2005
- More girls are attending school than ever before
- Gender parity in primary schools has been achieved in two thirds of all countries
Persistent gaps and challenges that need to be addressed include girls' exclusion, reaching the most marginalized, and ensuring quality education in fragile states, which account for almost half of all out-of-school children. The gender gap in the out-of-school population has also narrowed: the share of girls in this group decreased from 57 percent to 53 percent globally between 1999 and 2008. Again, progress is uneven: 28 countries still have a gender parity index of less than 0.97. Of these countries, 18 are in sub-Saharan Africa.
MDG 2 - Achieve Universal Primary Education - CIDA