The mixed results on worldwide education-related targets set in 2000 in the World Education Forum show inequitable access to learning. While the number of children not enrolled in primary school fell by 47 million between 1999 and 2004, progress then stagnated. Some 57 million children and 69 million adolescents remain unenrolled because of costs or a lack of identity documents. In school, learning is often hampered by poor-quality teaching, discrimination and bullying, conflicting values between schools and communities, and privatization of education. Looking forward, stakeholders call for better teacher training and emphasize the need for a learning environment based on partnership and cooperation among teachers, students, parents, and communities.

United States

U.S. public schools face many similar challenges, reflecting the history of public schooling in the United ...

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