Bangladesh 97th among 113 in EDI

Bangladesh has not achieved a global goal of “education for all as a whole”, according to the Unesco’s latest report.

The country has been placed at 97th among 113 countries in Education for All Development Index (EDI).

educationhas been set for assessing if a country has achieved or close to achieve education for all.

Bangladesh belongs to the category of underperformers as the Unesco report said, “Too many countries will fail to reach the target of halving their 2000 adult illiteracy rate by 2015.”

The Unites Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) released on Wednesday the 557-page report titled “Education for All 2000-2015: Achievements and Challenges”

“Bangladesh was close to universal primary enrolment with a primary ANER [adjusted net enrolment ratio] of 96% in 2012. However, its adult literacy rate is still quite low at 59%, and one-third of primary school pupils leave school too early to acquire solid basic skills,” reads the report.

The report said global improvement since 2000 appears to extend a move towards gender parity that began earlier, judging from countries such as Bangladesh, Burundi, Chad and Yemen, which also made substantial progress between 1990 and 2000.

“But none of these countries will have reached parity by 2015,” it added.

-Prothom Alo