According to the Gender Summary of the Education for all Monitoring Report 2014:
- There were 31 million girls out of school in 2011, of whom 55% are expected never to enrol.
- Reflecting years of poor education quality and unmet learning needs, 493 million women are illiterate, accounting for almost two-thirds of the world’s 774 million illiterate adults.
- Only 60% of countries had achieved parity in primary education in 2011; only 38% of countries had achieved parity in secondary education. Among low income countries, just 20% had achieved gender parity at the primary level, 10% at the lower secondary level and 8% at the upper secondary level.
- By 2015, many countries will still not have reached gender parity. On current trends, it is projected that 70% of countries will have achieved parity in primary education, and 56% of countries will have achieved parity in lower secondary education.
- The interaction between gender and poverty is a potent source of exclusion. The poorest girls are being left behind in education progress. On average, if recent trends continue, universal primary completion in sub-Saharan Africa will only be achieved in 2069 for all poorest boys and in 2086 for all poorest girls.
GENDER continues to be an issues of great importance concerning education, inclusion and equal opportunities for all, there is no doubt about it. In spite of that academics in rich Western countries still play down or even neglect gender issue as research worthy. I will not stop speaking up on the necessity on research focussing gender perspectives to overcome inequality and achieve quality for all – as the Education for all report proclaims, although I am loosing my job in white, rich, male academic environment due to my gender engagement! The UN Education report tweets: “only richest urban boys spend at least 9yrs in school” (
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