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Dominican Republic gets UN’s failing grade in youth schooling

New Delhi.- Just over half of Latin American countries have achieved universal schooling and one fifth of students drop out before finishing basic education  in a region which advances, but nearly four million children are still out of school, which in Dominican Republic’s case is less than 40% enrollment, EFE reports.

The figures are among the findings of UNESCO’s World Report on Education for All (EFA) released in New Delhi, Paris and New York Thursday and review the achievement of seven education goals since 2000, a goal which only Cuba managed to reach in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“There are still 3.7 million children out of school in the region in this cycle of education” as Guyana and Paraguay “are far from reaching this goal,” with 80% of children in elementary school, UNESCO said.

The report notes that “in 2012 16% of children were out of school across the region,” citing Colombia’s conflict as the main cause.

Quoted by Efe in New Delhi report director Aaron Benavot said in Latin America, “many countries have made great strides to make their children go to school,” but in certain parts of Central America marginal or large indigenous populations remain, aren’t in the system, or quit school early.

Youngsters “finish their primary but start working,” said Benavot.

He stressed that Latin America must improve its learning outcomes but noted progress in countries such as Chile, Uruguay, Costa Rica and Cuba.

In the document, Unesco also notes Paraguay trails again, accompanied by Dominican Republic, with less than 40% of children enrolled in that age.

Source: DT

April 9, 2015

Category: DR News |

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