Out-of-School Children

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Globally, one in five adolescents is excluded from the classroom, compared to one in 11 primary school aged children. So, adolescents are twice as likely to be out of school as their younger counterparts. As children get older, the risk that they will never start school or will drop out increases.

Children living in conflict, child labourers and those facing discrimination based on ethnicity, gender and disability are the most marginalised. There is also a growing concern that previous gains in expanding access to education will erode without a major shift in policies and resources. If current trends continue, 25 million children (15 million girls and 10 million boys) are likely to never set foot inside a classroom.

This film clip provides more information:

Children who are excluded from education often face multiple and overlapping disadvantages. This website from the UNESCO Institute of Statistics uses data produced by the Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children to provide a clearer picture of why they are out of school. You can choose from a list of participating countries to see what is holding these children back.

Useful for getting background information on education issues, and exploring these in maths or Geography lessons at secondary level.

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The website is available in English, French or Spanish versions.


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