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About 3.8 million primary school-aged children and 2.8 million adolescents do not attend school in the 36 countries that make up the region. In some countries, more girls attend schools than boys; in others, the opposite is true.

However, throughout the region, children in rural areas are less likely to attend primary school than children in urban areas. Children who work, children from some ethnic groups and children with disabilities are often excluded from educational opportunities.

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

  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Paraguay
  • A sub-regional initiative of Central American states
  • A sub-regional initiative of Eastern Caribbean states

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.