The comprehensive research by the Out-of-School Children Initiative provides insight into the reasons children do not attend school – the barriers that exclude them from accessing educational opportunities.

Once the barriers have been identified, it is possible for the initiative to work with local and national education officials to design policies and strategies that will allow more children to attend school and complete a full course of education.

The initiative views the barriers in the context of their sources. For example, some barriers are created by those who supply education such as schools and education ministries. Other barriers are developed by those who demand education such as children, parents and families. And some barriers are created by the environment in which children live.

Throughout the world, poverty is the most pervasive barrier to education and often exacerbates the other factors that keep children from attending school and learning. However, some of the other prevalent barriers include:


Start clicking on this interactive wheel to learn more about educational barriers that out-of-school children face globally