Target: Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
A primary education is seen as a fundamental human right – but an estimated 115 million children still receive no formal schooling, the UN says.
Education is seen as a vital factor in development, as it has social and economic benefits which help break the cycle of poverty.
Five of the world's regions are now close to attaining universal primary education. But much greater efforts will be needed in the remaining three regions – sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Asia and Oceania – to meet the 2015 target.