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© UNICEF/ETHA_201300488/Ose

Throughout the 22 countries that make up the Eastern and Southern Africa region, an average of one in five children is not in school. In countries struggling with conflict, that number rises to two in five.

Most of the children excluded from educational opportunities are girls. The barriers that keep girls from attending school in the region include pervasive gender violence in schools and adherence to traditional social structures.

There also are barriers that affect girls and boys. Poverty is the most pervasive. Many families in the region struggle to pay the extra costs of education that exist even in tuition free schools. But barriers such as distance to the nearest school and lack of classrooms and toilets also keep children from exercising their right to an education.

Countries in the region that participate in the Out-of-School Children Initiative include:

  • Ethiopia
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia

Find out more on the Out-of-School Children Initiative’s work and the children who do not attend school in the region

To view full regional report, please visit here.