15 December 2007

UNICEF statistical review: Progress for Children

Cover of "Progress for Children: A World Fit for Children Statistical Review" by UNICEFOn 10 December 2007, UNICEF launched a new publication, Progress for Children: A World Fit for Children Statistical Review. With more than 60 pages of graphs and tables, the report draws a detailed statistical picture of the current state of the world's children. The publication is divided into sections organized by Millennium Development Goal.
  • MDG 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • MDG 2: Achieve universal primary education
  • MDG 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
  • MDG 4: Reduce child mortality
  • MDG 5: Improve maternal health
  • MDG 6: Combat HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • MDG 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
An additional section has data on protection against abuse, exploitation, and violence.

Some findings of the report in the area of education are:
  • The number of children out of school has fallen from 115 million in 2002 to 93 million in 2005-2006.
  • More than three quarters of all children out of school worldwide live in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
  • Secondary school net attendance or enrollment rates are below 50 percent in many countries, including most of Africa.
  • Almost all countries in North and South America, Europe, Central Asia, and East Asia have reached the goal of gender parity in primary education.
  • Few countries have reached gender parity in secondary education.
  • Child labor, which interferes with education, is most prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Excerpt from Progress for Children: Data on primary and secondary education
Excerpt from "Progress for Children" by UNICEF: data on primary and secondary education
Source: UNICEF 2007: p. 14-15.

  • UNICEF. 2007. Progress for Children: A World Fit for Children Statistical Review. New York: UNICEF. (Download in PDF format, 3.6 MB)
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Friedrich Huebler, 15 December 2007, Creative Commons License
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