Education is a basic human right. A good education is critical to the development and well-being of individuals and societies. For individuals, a good education ensures a higher quality of life by providing information, skills and knowledge for successful personal development, and for countries, access to education contributes to their economic growth and helps to build shared social and cultural values in society. 

Worldwide, 9 out of 10 primary school-aged children are now enrolled in school. But that still leaves some 57 million children that do not benefit from a formal education. 

Goal Two of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is devoted to education and calls for universal primary education for boys and girls by the target date of 2015. Irish NGOs play several different roles in helping to meet that target. Their work is helping children to start school at the right age, ensure that girls and boys have access to education and that education is provided in a cost-effective way.

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