6 Achieve universal primary education
Where we are
Target 3: Ensure that, by 2015, Every Child will be Able to Complete a Full Course of High Quality Secondary Schooling
According to the National Statistical Service (NSS), the illiterate population and people with complete or incomplete elementary/primary education comprise just 3.1% of the population. Additionally, about 30% of the population aged 10 and over in Armenia has some degree of tertiary/professional education or some specialization. The adult and youth literacy rates in the country comprise about 99% and there are no significant gender disparities in this regard.
The proportion of pupils starting grade one who reach grade four was estimated at 99% on average for the period from 2004 to 2006; thus the dropout ratio after the completion of primary education (or pupils not surviving up to the fourth grade) is very low – about 1%.
The gross enrolment in the basic education (I-VIII grades of secondary school) comprised 95.9% in 2006, and was quite homogeneous in terms of regional, gender and poverty groups.
Despite strong national support and recent positive trends, the fiscal tension and main challenges of the post-crisis period make this MDG Goal difficult to achieve.
The 8 Millennium Development Goals
- 1 Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty
- 2 Achieve universal primary education
- 3 Promote gender equality and empower women
- 4 Reduce child mortality
- 5 Improve maternal health
- 6 Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- 7 Ensure environmental sustainability
- 8 Develop a global partnership for development
Targets for MDG2
- Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
- Net enrolment ratio in primary education
- Proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach last grade of primary
- Literacy rate of 15-24 year-olds, women and men