GOAL 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education

Within goal two, all countries commit themselves to ensure universal education at the primary level to all children, regardless of gender. Right to education is one of the basic human rights guaranteed by the Convention of the Rights of Child. It clearly says: ‘Make primary education compulsory and available to all for free’. Yet, around 100 million children worldwide are deprived of the chance to acquire knowledge.

Dakar World Education Forum in 2000 had a significant impact on aid environment. After a steep decline in the 1990s, development assistance budgets have been on a rise. Millennium Development Goal 2 has reinforced the message of Dakar World Education Forum and has become an important catalyst for change. It stimulated inflow of aid aimed at getting children into schools.

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