The press release of the 2010 edition of this UNESCO report on global education states,
"The aftershock of the global financial crisis threatens to deprive millions of children in the worldâ€™s poorest countries of an education, the 2010 Education for All Global Monitoring Report warns. With 72 million children still out of school, a combination of slower economic growth, rising poverty and budget pressures could erode the gains of the past decade.
'While rich countries nurture their economic recovery, many poor countries face the imminent prospect of education reversals. We cannot afford to create a lost generation of children deprived of their chance for an education that might lift them out of poverty,' said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. The Global Monitoring Report, developed annually by an independent team and published by UNESCO, assesses progress towards the six Education for All goals to which over 160 countries committed themselves in 2000.
The 2010 Report, Reaching the marginalized, charts some striking advances in education over the past decade. Despite these gains, however, the world is not on track to achieve the goal of universal primary education by 2015. The report highlights the ongoing failure of governments to address extreme national inequalities and of donors to mobilize resources on the required scale. The authors estimate the annual financing gap for key education goals at US$16 billion â€“ a significant increase over previous assessments."