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

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

 


 
 
 

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