As of 2019 . . .
> 262 million children and youth still do not attend school
> 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math
> Less than 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school (9th grade)
> 4 million children and youth refugees are out of school. Their right to education is being violated and it is unacceptable.
The United Nations has established January 24 as the new annual International Day of Education to focus attention on this ongoing global crisis. This is a great tie-in with the International Day of the Girl Child, now observed on October 11. Check out the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 (Quality Education) and Goal 5 (Gender Equality).