According to the UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2010, published on January 19 in New York, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is close to achieving the highest possible ranking on universal primary education, adult literacy, gender parity and standard of quality in education.
This report evaluates countries regarding the Education Development Index (EDI), which measures indicators of primary education, adult literacy, gender parity and equality, quality of education and survival rate to grade fifth for 160 countries.Countries are ranked on a scale of 0 to 1 and divided into categories – low, medium and high – based on their educational achievements and progress.
Venezuela’s ranking stood at 0.956, just below Chile (0.966), Mexico (0.959) and Trinidad and Tobago (0.958) and four other countries but above 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The report finds that literacy rates in Venezuela rose from 90 percent of the population in the period 1985-1994 to 95 percent in the period 2000-2007. It also notes that the percentage of the Venezuelan people with access to pre-primary education rose from 45 percent in 1999 to 62 percent in 2007 and that the percentage of students finishing their primary education jumped from 88 percent in 1999 to 97 percent in 2006. More broadly, the report finds that Venezuela made “significant reductions” in reducing its out-of-school population from 1999 to 2007.
Since 1999, Venezuela has increased spending on social programs, including education, and has instituted innovative social programs known as “misiones” to teach literacy and provide primary, secondary and university-level educations to sectors of the population who had not had access to them in the past.
Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press and Communications Office / January 21, 2010