6 Achieve universal primary education

Where we are?

Art work created in July 2010 in Bijelo Polje, Montenegro. During the Art Colony, organized by the UN System in Montenegro, around 40 artists from Europe depicted and sculpted the pain of poverty.


In the school year 2011/12 the total number of 14,340 children was enrolled in pre-school education institutions, which makes 1,164 children more than in the last school year. The interest of parents for enrolling their children in public pre-school institutions is on the increase. This is not in line with the available capacities and therefore Montenegro has the problem of the lack of premises for organizing work in the pre-school institutions, particularly in Podgorica, Bijelo Polje, Nikšić and Bar.

To achieve universal primary education through achieving the targeted values by 2015, Montenegro has to:

  • Extend the capacities and implement new models of services and programmes to ensure coverage of boys and girls by pre-school education and upbringing on the level of 40%;
  • Continue organising the short programme for the preparation of children for primary school and specialized programmes of psycho-social support for the children from the most vulnerable groups, particularly Roma;
  • Work on the deinstitutionalization and extension of the support services for the children with developmental disorders and on development of inter-sectorial cooperation (joint activities of the resource centres/centres for social work/centres for support to children with special needs/daily centres/ parents' association/referral commissions/health institutions);
  • Ensure financing of additional expert and technical support to the children with developmental disorders and to make school buildings fully accessible;
  • Improve mechanisms for monitoring the level of attendance of Roma and Egyptian children and for controlling the quality of the knowledge they acquire;
  • Organize and implement additional classes aimed at supporting Roma and Egyptian pupils in overcoming language barriers, and helping them in doing homework with a view to improving their results in school;
  • Continue training of teachers to work with the children from the most vulnerable groups, so that the continuous systemic contribution is given to the achievement of the planned Goal - coverage of all children by primary education.
Targets for MDG2
  1. Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
    • Net enrolment ratio in primary education
    • Proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach last grade of primary
    • Literacy rate of 15-24 year-olds, women and men