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A completed primary education is a basic human right and is necessary for enjoying many other rights. It is transformative and empowering, and a means for accessing broad economic, social, political and cultural benefits. Primary education is a powerful driver for realizing all of the MDGs and for sustainable development more generally.
MDG2 – providing a full course of primary schooling for everyone in every country – will not be attained everywhere by the target date of 2015. However, significant achievements in expanding access to schooling have been made in many countries during the past decade. For instance, enrolments in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) increased by 51 per cent between 1999 and 2007 and the net enrolment rate in South and West Asia (SWA) had reached 84 per cent by 2007. The global number of primary school-aged children not in school fell during the period by 33 million.