TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
- Mortality from diabetes and AIDS
- Epidemiological transition
- Cancer incidence & prevalence
- Maternal mortality
- Causes of child death in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Violent conflict and health
- Extreme poverty
- Primary school attendance
- U.S. infant mortality rates
- U.S. asthma rates
- Infectious disease control
- Primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare
- Health expenditures and health outcomes
- Socioeconomic status & health
- Equity or equality in access
8. Millennium Development Goal 2 is to "achieve universal primary education." Which world region saw the greatest progress from 1990 to 2006 in percentage of children completing primary school?
South Asia saw an increase of 18 percentage points: from 62% of children completing primary school in 1990 to 80% in 2006.
8b. What was a major factor in this change? In other words, which social group saw the greatest increase in numbers completing primary school?
Girls! More girls are finishing primary school.
© 2010 Amy Joyce.
We offer the MDG indicator for the ratio of boys and girls in both primary and secondary education to support the claim that increased participation by girls accounts for a major portion of these increases. Note, though, that even with South Asia's progress in school attendence by girls, the ratio of girls' school attendence to boys' remains lower than in any other region except Sub-Saharan Africa.
See also, the UN Millennium Development Goals Indicator Gender Parity Index in primary level enrolment.