Out of School Children – still too many?

INEE has posted reference to the new UIS and the EFA Global Monitoring Report


According to new UIS data, an estimated 61 million children of primary school age are being denied their right to education. While the global out-of-school figure has declined over the past 15 years, falling from 102 million in 1990, the new data show that progress began to slow down in 2005 and has stagnated between 2008 and 2010 (at 61 million based on revised UN population estimates).

At the same time, in sub-Saharan Africa, the number of out-of-school children of primary school age climbed from 29 million in 2008 to 31 million in 2010. Although enrolment in the region has risen, it has not kept pace with rapid population growth.

To learn more, consult the following resources:
–         UNESCO eAtlas of Out-of-School Children allows users to map and share the data;
–         Fact sheet and interactive graphics presenting the new data;
–         EFA blog post urging leaders to put out-of-school children on the Rio+20 agenda.


What is still an important issue is not just the number of children in school but the quality of the education. It is difficult to convince parents to send their daughter to school instead of completing domestic chores at home,where they are discriminated against, achieve little and may even get abused on their way back from school. Teachers have to be better trained, basic facilities such as toilets have to be provided and an emphasis on achievement for all is critical.

The money spent on arms and the military in many countries is an obscenity.


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