All in School

The Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children
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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. Nearly 58 million children of primary school age and 63 million young adolescents are not enrolled in 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.


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

58 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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Out-of-School Children by Region

Though there has been success in reducing the number of primary-school-aged children excluded from educational opportunities, the rate of progress has stalled. Nearly 58 million children of primary school age do not attend school. More than half of them are girls. Nearly 30 million live in sub-Saharan Africa.

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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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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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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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