All in School


The Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children
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IN SCHOOL AND LEARNING

In the past decade, millions of children around the world have gained access to educational opportunities. But there is still much work to be done. By the end of the 2014 school year, 61 million children of primary school age (about 6 to 11 years), 60 million young adolescents of lower secondary school age (about 12 to 14 years), and 142 million youth of upper secondary school age

(about 15 to 17 years) were out of school. An estimated 250 million children in the world can not read, write or do basic math – 130 million of them have attended school. The children excluded from learning opportunities are among the most vulnerable and hard to reach in the world. They come from the poorest households and often have to work to help support their

families. Some face discrimination as ethnic minorities. Others live with disabilities. Most often they are girls. The Out-of-School Children Initiative is a global effort to uncover data and details about the children left behind and offer policy recommendations and interventions that will allow every last child to go to school and learn.

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New estimates reveal that 263 million children and youth are out of school

New estimates reveal that 263 million children and youth are out of school

According to new data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the number of children out of school includes 61 million children of primary school age, 60 million of lower secondary school age, and 142 million of upper secondary school age.

Aid is not going where it is needed the most

Out-of-School Children by Region

Though there has been considerable progress in reducing the number of children excluded from educational opportunities since 2000, the successful efforts have faltered in recent years.

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Success

Since 2000 there has been progress. Some countries have reduced the number of out-of-school children by more than half.

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An interactive tool for exploring education pathways

New UNICEF tool for exploring how children progress through school

An interactive tool with data from over 90 countries shows how boys and girls from richer and poorer households progress through primary and secondary school.

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Excluded from School in West and Central Africa

Many factors keep children in West and Central Africa from enrolling in school and completing at least a primary education.

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Who are these children? Why are they out of school?

More than 59 million children are out of school worldwide. Who are these children? Where do they live? And what keeps them out of school?

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eATLAS

UNESCO’s eAtlas offers an interactive way to access charts, maps and data about the children in more than 200 countries and territories who do not attend school.

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