More than 175 million children around the world are not enrolled in pre-primary education, according to a new report warning by the UNICEF released this week.
Especially in underprivileged countries, the number of children who are enrolled in early education is low, approximately one in every five children. Executives of UNICEF warn that this reality poses more obstacles for children with the possibility of having to repeat grades or drop out of school.
The report refers to the group’s research, which found that children who are enrolled in “at least one year of pre-primary education” are more likely to gain the skills they need to succeed in school and later on in life.
Some key determinants of whether or not a child is enrolled in pre-primary education include household income, location, and a mother’s education level. Poverty was the biggest reason behind a lack of pre-primary education.
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