6 Achieve universal primary education

Where we are?

Maldives has among the highest literacy rates in the world. Photo: UNDP Maldives 2012.

The goal of universal primary education was achieved in the Maldives by 2002. The Ministry of Education has reported 100 percent net enrolment in primary level Grades 1 to 7 annually since 2002. Similarly, the 2006 Census shows that 98 percent of children between the age of 6 and 12 were attending school. Access to primary education is available in all islands and there is no significant gender disparity in school enrolment or performance. Maldives has also constantly maintained an overall literacy rate of 98 percent which is among the highest literacy rates in the world.

Targets for MDG2
  1. Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
    • Net enrolment ratio in primary education
    • Proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach last grade of primary
    • Literacy rate of 15-24 year-olds, women and men