Elizabeth Kiem is the online producer of unicefusa.org.
On the eve of the UN Summit on The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), some 69 million children who should be in school, aren't.
That's according to a report from the Global Campaign for Education, but UNICEF has been keeping count for many years and helping bring those numbers down by supporting government efforts to increase primary school enrollment.
This week's Monday photo shows a young girl in Afghanistan who can barely contain her enthusiasm for learning.
|A girl raises her hand during a class held outdoors at Pul-e-Rangeena Government Primary School for Girls in the north-western city of Herat.|
MDG 2 aims to ensure that, by 2015, boys and girl everywhere are able to complete a full course of primary education. This is one goal that is falling far short of fulfillment, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The biggest obstacle is poverty. But girls are also kept out of school by cultural practices and security concerns - particularly in Afghanistan. In fact, it's girls in the poorest 20% of households have the least chance of getting an education.
UNICEF knows that education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty. That's why so many of the other MDG's hinge on the fulfillment of this one - the right to education for all.
Learn more about the Millennium Development Goals and educate yourself on efforts to advance education for every eager child.