Saturday, March 10, 2007
Education For All
India ranks 99th in the list of Education For All (EFA) Development Index among 125 countries, even though there have been reductions in the number of out-of-school children since 2004.China ranks 43rd in the list which is topped by the United Kingdom.According to the UNESCO’s Global Monitoring Report 2007 on EFA released on Thursday, India’s approach to EFA lacks vision and policy for non-formal education. According to it, Sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia are home to more than three-quarters of out-of-school children, although the latter region halved its number between 1999 and 2004, mainly due to reductions in India. Yet, India is among the countries with the largest numbers of out-of-school children in 2004. The others are Nigeria, Pakistan, Ethopia and Saudi Arabia.