A Comparative Analysis of Six Developing Countries and Their Progress Toward Universal Primary Education: Afghanistan, Nepal, Algeria, Uganda, Peru, and Venezuela as Case Studies

Brad B. Tennant


The United Nations Millennium Summit was held in September 2000 and established eight world goals to be achieved by 2015. The second of these goals resolved that all boys and girls throughout the world will be allowed to receive a primary education through the fifth grade. This article examines Afghanistan, Nepal, Algeria, Uganda, Peru, and Venezuela. Specifically, changes in the countries’ percentage of primary education enrollment and the countries’ rural-urban demographics, the student-teacher ratios, and their expenditures on education as a percentage of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from 2000 and 2005 are examined.

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