UN identifies Nigeria, Somalia, Sierra Leone as possible hindrance to sub-Saharan Africa on MDG goals

The United Nations has revealed that about two out of five students who started primary school in 2010 in Sub-Saharan Africa will not make it to the last grade. The global body also urged countries in the region to concentrate more efforts on Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Somalia if the region hopes to meet the Millennium Development Goals target by 2015. This was disclosed in the Millennium Development Goals Report 2013, launched on Monday by United Nations, UN, Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon in Geneva. The Millennium Development Goals Report is an annual assessment of global and regional progress towards the global target; and it reflects the most comprehensive, up-to-date data compiled by over 27 UN and international agencies which is produced by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. According to the latest scorecard, sub-Saharan Africa is currently facing rising demands for education due to her growing population. “Thirty-two million more children were of primary school age in 2011 than in 2000. Sub-Saharan Africa is also home to more than half the world’s out-of-school children of primary school age (32 million out of 57 million) and it has the highest rate worldwide of children leaving school early.

Slightly more than two out of five students who started primary school in 2010 will not make it to the last grade” it stated. About a third of the 32 million out of school children (10.5 million) are Nigerians, a report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, had shown. The UN in her report however noted that though considerable efforts are being made by other countries in the region at reducing under-five deaths, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Somalia still have the highest number of under-five deaths- more than 180 per 1,000 live births. The global body thus warned that the region must give more attention to these three countries if she (Sub-Saharan Africa) wants to achieve her MDG targets.



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