Universal Primary Education

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Caritas Australia believes children the world over deserve the right to a quality education and the chance to reach their full potential.

Yet some 69 million primary school-aged children are out of school. It is often children from poor or rural families who are missing out, particularly girls.

Progress towards achieving universal primary education has been made. Some governments have made schooling free and international donors and organisations like AusAID are increasing funding to education, resulting in rising primary school enrolment.

Still, too many children are being denied an education. The reasons are many: the high cost of sending children to school when incomes are very low; disruptions caused by conflict or natural disaster; shortages of trained teachers; and overcrowding of classrooms which reduces the quality of the education received. [Excerpt from Blueprint for a Better World website]

'Universal Primary Education' was filmed and produced by John Reed, Lecturer in Communications at the University of Notre Dame Australia, for Caritas Australia.


'Universal Primary Education' may be accessed from the Blueprint for a Better World website here

The Creator:

Mr John Reed