6 Achieve universal primary education

Where are we?

In Latin America and the Caribbean at least 95 percent of primary-age children were in primary or secondary school in 2010. However, universal primary education would be a hollow achievement if the focus were simply on enrolment rather than on the completion of primary education. In 2010, the global primary completion rate (measured by the gross intake ratio to the last grade of primary education) reached 100 per cent in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Adjusted net enrolment rate in primary education, 1990, 2000 and 2011 (Percentage)*

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Targets for MDG2
  1. Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
    • Net enrolment ratio in primary education
    • Proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach last grade of primary
    • Literacy rate of 15-24 year-olds, women and men