Achieving this goal by 2015 seems optimistic; the first half of the goal was not fulfilled since a gender gap still exists in primary and secondary education. In a report released in 2003, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (“UNICEF”) urged that “accelerated action” must be taken to get more girls into school over the next two years, otherwise other MDGs, including goals to reduce poverty and improve the human condition, would also not be realized. By keeping the girls away from the classroom, they will lack the knowledge necessary, for example, to keep themselves out of poverty and maintain a lifestyle free from HIV/AIDS.
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