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Millennium Development Goal 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education

Education is a powerful instrument for reducing poverty and inequality, improving health and social well-being, and laying the groundwork for sustained economic growth. It is essential for building democratic societies and dynamic, globally competitive economies. Providing universal primary education, however, remains a great challenge: There are currently 115 million children—60 percent of them girls—not in primary school, the majority living in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

MDG 2 seeks to ensure that, by 2015, all primary age boys and girls around the world are enrolled in school. If achieved, it will give millions of children the tools and skills they need to rise out of poverty and become self-reliant, contributing members of society.


  • Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere—boys and girls alike—will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.

Useful links

NetAid World Schoolhouse
NetAid World Schoolhouse is a program that connects donors with grassroots organizations that provide educational opportunities for children in developing countries such as Togo, India and South Africa. These projects often benefit the most marginalized youth, including girls, drop outs and children orphaned by AIDS.

Global Campaign for Education (GCE)
GCE a coalition of organizations that promotes education as a basic human right, and mobilizes public pressure on governments and the international community to fulfill their promises to provide free, compulsory public basic education for all children.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
The focus of UNICEF, a United Nations agency, is to protect children and their rights by providing vital services and supplies, especially in impoverished and destabilized areas of the world. It also strives to shape international policy agendas and budgets to work in the best interests of children.

Global Movement for Children (GMC)
GMC and its partners facilitate citizen action and obtain the commitment of key actors in all sectors of society to make a real difference in the fulfillment of children's rights.