Millennium Development Goals

Primary Education

Presentation 1

  • Global enrolment in primary education increased from 596 million in 1990 to 648 million children in 2000.
  • But there are still 100 million children worldwide who are not in school.
  • More than half of whom are girls.
  • 90 million of these are in Asia or sub-Saharan Africa.

Looking at the statistics above, what shocks you most? Why do you think this is the case? What are the consequences of so many people not being educated? Do you have any suggestions as to how this situation can be improved?

Presentation 2

Look at this picture of a classroom in a rural school in Western Province, Zambia.

classroom (220K)
  • What do you see?
  • How does it differ to your own school?
  • What do you think are the main challenges for teachers and for students attending this school?
  • What is the link between what you see in this picture and the Millennium Development Goals?