Out-of-school Children and Youth

Effectiveness and Scalability of Programs for Children Who Are Out of School and at Risk of Dropping Out in Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal

In South Asia, one of the significant challenges to achieving inclusive and equitable quality education for all (Sustainable Development Goal 4) is the large number of children who are out of school or at risk of dropping out. UNESCO estimates show that nearly 30 million children in South Asia are not in school. Of these, an estimated 4.65 million are in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan.  

The Back2School Project: Scaling an Accelerated Learning Model for Out-of-School Girls in Rural Communities in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania

Despite worldwide commitments to provide universal primary and secondary education, there has been little progress in reducing the number of out-of-school children in Sub-Saharan Africa, and this issue is expected to be further compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic with many children not returning to schools. The issue is particularly prominent among rural girls who—facing cultural, systemic and structural barriers—either never enroll or drop out before completing their education.

A comparative study of accelerated education programs and girls’ focused education models in Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone

Education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development. However, there are 258.4 million out-of-school children with one-third of this population living in sub-Saharan Africa. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation because schools have been closed and many more children are likely to drop out of school. Girls continue to face the greatest barriers that hinder their access to school.