"In fact, India is predicted to be the only country in South and West Asia to have an equal ratio of girls to boys in both primary and secondary education," the report released by HRD Minister Smriti Irani lauded.

The Education for All 2000-2015 report said that while globally 47 percent of the countries achieved universal pre-primary enrolment, eight percent of the countries including India were close to achieving so.

The report, though, called upon the international community to find, in partnership with countries, the means to bridge the USD 22 billion annual financial gap for quality pre-primary and basic education for all by 2030.

Addressing the meet, Irani cited the initiatives to improve the enrolment level and "a new paradigm of education that fosters knowledge, analytical skills, vertical reasoning and the ability to imagine beyond the given is being adopted".

This is being carried out recognising the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of making education a pillar in nation's character building, she mentioned, adding enhanced focus was being laid on science and mathematics which are central to school education.

The UNESCO report also noted the achievement of gender parity in India but said the country is yet to achieve significant progress in adult literacy.

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