While universal education is an important goal, increasing levels of educational attainment also helps developing countries make progress toward improving health, environmental protection and gender disparity. David Gartner, co-director of the Center for Universal Education, argues that success in the areas of most of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals is impossible without first achieving universal primary education.
September’s UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals was called by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reiterate the commitment to halving extreme poverty, and a key topic will be the 72 million primary-age children who still remain out of school with just five years left until the 2015 deadline.
On August 18, David Gartner answered your questions about the difficulty in attaining universal education in a live web chat moderated by Seung Min Kim, assistant editor at POLITICO.
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