India saw the largest cuts in aid to basic education to any country in the world from donor nations and organizations party due to nagging economic woes across the globe, Unesco said in a new report.
International aid to the elementary or basic sector fell by $278 million between 2010-2012, even though India is among the top five countries in the world in the number of children still out of school, the Paris-based United Nations cultural agency said.
“Despite a huge progress in getting its children into school since 2000, India still sits in the top five countries for the largest number of out of school children in the world,” Unesco said. “Reducing support now is only going to make the remaining challenge of helping these children harder.”
The report assumes significance because the UN’s target of education for all ends in 2015. Globally 57 million children and 69 million adolescents are still out of school. India still has 2.9 million children out of schools despite its right to education law coming into force on 1 April 2010.