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A new from the United Nations says more than 250 million children of school age cannot read or write. It said they could also not do mathematics. The report said that 120 million children have spent or no time in school. The researchers said children not going to school means countries lose . Each year, governments lose to $130 billion. Vibeke Jensen, a U.N. spokeswoman, said there was a "learning crisis". She said this was because there were not well-trained teachers in poor areas. She said that in a of countries, 75 per cent of primary school teachers do not have enough training. She added: "The now is to put the focus on quality."

The report said that most of those not going to school were . It said it was important that developing countries educate girls. Sending girls to school can increase a country's by 25 per cent over 40 . The report said that almost two-thirds (66%) of girls in Arab countries and -Saharan Africa would never go to school. In Yemen, just 36 per cent of young women are . The Reuters news agency said: "If trends continue, the poorest part of the female population in developing countries won’t achieve literacy 2072" There was some good . In Laos, Rwanda and Vietnam, the of children not going to school fell by 85 per cent in the last five years.

 


 
 
 

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