Education needs work - UN

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Johannesburg - More needs to be done to improve education and skills development by 2015, a United Nations adviser said in Soweto on Tuesday.

"There is still much to be done by 2015. Governments, aid donors and private sector need to be rallied in order to achieve these Education for All (EFA) goals," said Amina Mohammed, adviser to UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon.

Mohammed was speaking at the launch of the 2012 global monitoring report by he United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

The report found that over 56 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24 in sub-Saharan Africa did not have primary school education and lacked basic skills for employment.

Although there was significant progress in some regions, few were on track to meet the EFA goals.

The EFA goals, set in 2000 by Unesco, comprises six areas of education that need urgent attention and improvement by 2015.

The global financial crisis and the state of countries in conflict had a negative impact on the plan.

"We need to advocate our leaders, presidents and chiefs to work more on the future of the children and youth... we have three years left to do so."

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