6 Achieve universal primary education

Where we are?

Overall progress and challenges on Pakistan’s MDGs

Pakistan has adopted 16 targets and 41 indicators against which progress towards achieving the Eight Goals of the MDG’s is measured. Time series data available for 33 of these indicators reveal that Pakistan is on track to achieve the targets on 9 indicators, whereas its progress on 24 indicators is off track.

Pakistan’s progress has also been severely lagging in Goal 2, achieving universal primary education as it is off track in achieving the targets set for 2015 in all three indicators. In particular, the completion/survival rate seems to have declined rapidly in recent years implying that more than a quarter of the students enrolled in primary schools do not complete their education. Pakistan’s literacy rate, though having improved marginally over the years remains considerably short of the MDG target of 88% by 2015 at 58%, and closer inspection reveals large gender and rural/urban disparities.


UNDP's work in Pakistan

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