Universal primary education (UPE)


Universal Primary Education (UPE): refers to the enrolment of all school-age children in primary school, i.e. 100% net enrolment.

UNESCO. 1993. Education for all: status and trends. Paris: UNESCO.

example of use

The indicator selected to measure UPE achievement is the net enrolment ratio (NER), which reflects the percentage of school-age children who are enrolled in school. Its value varies from 0% to 100%. A NER of 100% means that all eligible children are enrolled in school. If a country maintains that level over time, it implies as well that all the children enrolled are completing their studies (UNESCO, 2004: 236).

UNESCO. 2004. EFA global monitoring report, 2005. Education for all: the quality imperative. Paris: UNESCO.

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