Alternatives for estimating population demand
Identifying causes for the decline of the coverage rates of primary education over the last decade.
During the last decades of the twentieth century most of the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have approached -through diverse policies- the goal of universal primary education. Based on these achievements, they have progressively emphasized policies towards the extension of compulsory education (Initial and Secondary levels).
Despite these efforts, the coverage estimates of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics realize a visible decrease in the levels of school coverage mainly in the group of primary-school age population. According to the statistics released by the organization, the number of out-of-school boys and girls for primary level would have increased from 2.7 to 4.1 million between 2002 and 2013.