Whatever the reasons for any lack of education - unfavorable cultural environment, lack of money or ongoing armed conflict - the result is a deepening economic backwardness of the country affected.
When investors face a shortage of educated and skilled workforce, better their business moving abroad. Escaping investment leads to economic decline and thus increased poverty, unemployment and other social problems. Budget undeveloped countries is consequently burdened by additional expenditure on education remains so again a little less money.
The first step to ensuring the development of the poorest countries is to ensure full literacy and basic education for all citizens. In 2000, another 115 million school-aged children had the chance to attend school regularly.
By 2005, however, we managed to reduce to 72 million; in 2010 it was "only" 61 million (of which more than half of them in sub-Saharan Africa). The vast majority of children out of school live in developing countries and 53 percent are girls.
The aim of the UN entitled Education for All (Education For All - EFA) and one of the Millennium Development Goals thus became the availability of primary schooling for all children by 2015. Another of the goals is to eliminate inequalities in access to education between men and women. Particularly in Africa and South Asia, the percentage of literate girls still lags far behind the share literate boys.
One of the tasks of the Millennium Development Goals was to eliminate gender disparity at the primary and secondary levels of education by 2005, which, however, failed. Almost certainly not correct the 2015 gender disparity in all regions and at all levels of education, including tertiary therefore, as required by the Development Goals.
In addition to school enrollment, with whom he worked most of the statistics, it is necessary to take into account the degree of finishing school (drop-out rate) and quality of education. In some cases, the schools even a fraction of girls (especially rural). Up to ten percent of children also from school after years of leave without could read, write and count.