Out-of-school children remain a high priority for the Global Partnership, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized from education systems.
Despite dramatic improvements over the last decade, progress towards achieving universal primary education has been slowing down over the last couple of years. 61 million primary school-aged children are still out of school and many others have dropped out of the education system.
The definition of ‘out-of-school’ encompass a wide range of realities and refer to children who:
Income poverty, poor health and nutrition, disability, gender, ethnicity, child labor, migration, geographical disadvantages, cultural factors and situations of fragility and conflict contribute to limiting access to school and excluding children from a proper education.
Around 43% of out-of-school children live in sub-Saharan Africa and another 27% in South and West Asia. In both regions, girls are less likely to enroll than boys. Over 40% of the 61 million out-of-school children currently live in conflict-affected or fragile states and are at higher risk of being marginalized.
Despite recent progress, it has become increasingly difficult to reach children who have remained excluded and marginalized from education systems. Reasons include:
As part of its mission, the Global Partnership supports its developing country partners in building, implementing, and monitoring national education strategies to reach out-of-school children. We recognize the need to strengthen school systems to include the most marginalized and hardest-to-reach children and overcome the barriers that prevent them from attending, staying, and finishing school.
Under the Global and Regional Activities (GRA) program, our initiatives include: