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“Everyone has the right to education”, according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The second Millennium Development Goal is to achieve universal primary education. In 2015, 97 per cent of all eligible children were enrolled in primary education worldwide. However, enrolment does not guarantee attendance, or completion.

Nigeria, Pakistan and Sudan are leading the list of territories with the highest number of children not enrolled primary education. The highest rate of children aged 5 to 10 not in primary school are found in Eritrea, where roughly only every second child is enrolled, followed by Djibouti and Sudan with 66 and 70 percent respectively.


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Technical Notes

Territory size is proportional to the primary school-age population (age 5 to 10) not attending primary education in the period 2010-1015. 

Data sources
This map uses data from the 2016 United Nations Human Development Report and population estimates from the 2017 World Population Prospects (last accessed March 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets. Data for this map will soon be available as a download.

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