Goal: Universal access to education
Target to be met by 2015:
Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.
What has been achieved?
While countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have seen great improvements by abolishing school fees and offering free school lunches, the target is unlikely to be met. The drop-out rate is high, and although there has been some investment in teachers and classrooms, it has not been enough.
Photo: Afghan women attend one of the almost three thousand literacy courses supported by the United Nations Children's Fund for nearly seventy eight thousand women last year. UN Photo/Martine Perret