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The 24 countries that make up the West and Central Africa region have some of the highest numbers of out-of-school children in the world. Nigeria, for example, has 8.7 million primary-school-aged children who do not attend school.

Infographics on education in the West and Central Africa region and its countries will let you learn more about the out-of-school children situation in this part of the world.

Wide gaps exist between the number of boys who go to school and the number of girls, particularly at the secondary level.

Poverty is the main barrier that hinders access to education. It is followed by the long distances many children must travel to attend school. Other barriers include health problems, disability and a lack of confidence in the quality of education provided in the region’s schools.

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

The effects of the initiative are evident in some of the interventions underway in countries throughout the region. In Ghana, for example, the government has doubled spending on education and the number of children enrolled in school has risen to 4.1 million in 2013 from 2.4 million in 1999.

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.