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"Failure" to educate world's poor
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The world's richest countries are failing to provide the funds needed for education in the developing world, the Global Campaign for Education has said.

17th April 2005 - Andrew Walker, BBC World Service economics correspondent, Washington

The campaign group's report was published during ministerial meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington.

The delegates are set to discus efforts to achieve universal primary education.

World leaders have agreed a target of providing primary education for all children by 2015.

It was part of the Millennium Development Goals agreed at a United Nations summit five years ago.

Bottom grade

The Global Campaign for Education says 100 million children are still not going to school and it blames rich countries for failing to provide the funding necessary.

It grades 22 of them in what it calls a school report card.

Two countries, Norway and the Netherlands get an A grade, but the US and Austria receive the bottom F grade.

The assessment is based in part on countries' spending on development aid in total and on education programmes in particular.

The Millennium Development Goals also include an intermediate target for this year of ensuring that girls have equal access to primary and secondary education.

The Campaign for Global Education says it is scandalous that this target is likely to be missed.

The US says its aid programme does emphasise support for basic education and for ensuring improved opportunities for girls.

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