India decreased the number of out-of-school children by 16 million in two years i.e., between 2000 and 2012. The huge improvement is seen in South Asia where the number of out-of-school children have been declined by 23 million. According to a new joint report 'Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All: Findings from the Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children was produced by Unesco and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF)'.
In relative terms 02 countries were able to more than halve their numbers of primary out-of-school children between 2000 and 2012, including Algeria, Burundi, Cambodia, Ghana, India, Iran, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Viet Nam, Yemen and Zambia. The other countries with more than half a million out-of-school children include Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sudan.
The report said that while India has made significant improvement in primary education enrolment, the figures for children with disabilities are staggering.