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Education {{#invoke:main|main}} Education, in the general sense, refers to the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and preparing intellectually for mature life.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Formal education most often takes place through schooling. A right to education has been recognized by some governments. At the global level, Article 13 of the United Nations' 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights recognizes the right of everyone to an education.<ref name=ICESCR-art13.1>ICESCR, Article 13.1</ref> Education is compulsory in most places up to a certain age, but attendance at school may not be, with alternative options such as home-schooling or e-learning being recognized as valid forms of education in certain jurisdictions.

Children in some countries (especially in parts of Africa and Asia) are often kept out of school, or attend only for short periods. Data from UNICEF indicate that in 2011, 57 million children were out of school; and more than 20% of African children have never attended primary school or have left without completing primary education. <ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> According to a UN report, warfare is preventing 28 million children worldwide from receiving an education, due to the risk of sexual violence and attacks in schools.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Other factors that keep children out of school include poverty, child labor, social attitudes, and long distances to school.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>


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