6 Achieve universal primary education

Where do we stand?

Class interior showing a teacher helping primary school boys and girls with their classwork

Egypt considers education a national priority and fundamental right. The Government had deployed tremendous efforts to progressively consolidate the goal of education for all, and substantial improvements were noticeable for enrolment.

The objectives of the education strategy in the Sixth Five Year Socioeconomic Developmental Plan (2007-2012) were to increase enrolment rates, increase the number of schools by building at least 3,500 schools, reduce class density, support early childhood development (4-5 year-olds) and decrease overall illiteracy rates.

Egypt is very likely to achieve universal primary education for all boys and girls in a timely fashion. That being said, females at the poorest households are the more vulnerable class of education. Only 80% of female children (6-12 years) in the poorest households have ever attended school as compared to 88% of males in the same category of poverty.


UNDP's work in Egypt

Targets for MDG2
  1. 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