One in five adolescents worldwide is not in school

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Two young boys working in a carpentry workshop in Morocco. UN Photo/Jean Pierre Laffont

Around 63 million adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 years are denied their right to an education, according to a new joint report from the UN educational agency (UNESCO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The report released on Monday shows that globally, one in five adolescents is not in school compared to almost 1 in 10 primary school-age children.

It also shows that as children get older, the risk that they will never start school or will drop out increases.

The UN agencies estimate that in total 121 million children and adolescents have either never started school or dropped out despite the international community's promise to achieve universal education by 2015.

Data reportedly show that there has been almost no progress in reducing this number since 2007.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova says this report serves as wake-up call to mobilise the resources needed to guarantee basic education for every child.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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