What’s the World Going To Do About, Hundreds of Millions of Children Out of School ?
Currently, there are about 263 million children out of school, according to the UNESCO. The total includes 61 million children of primary school age (4 to 11), 60 million of lower secondary school age (11 to through 16), and includes the first ever estimate of those of upper secondary school age at 142 million (16 to 19).
What defines these children as out of school? Falls into four categories – one, Children old enough to go to primary school who are not enrolled; two, Children old enough to go to lower secondary school who are not enrolled; three, Primary students at risk of dropping out of primary school; and four, Secondary students at risk of dropping out of secondary school.
The main factors contributing to them being out of school are:
1. Do not have access to a school in their community;
2. Do not enroll despite the availability of a school;
3. Enroll but later than they should have;
4. Enroll in schools that have poor facilities/no teachers;
5. Drop out of the education system; and
6. Enroll but do not attend school.
Below is a list of 20 countries with the highest number of children out of school, between the ages of 4 to 19.
The World's 20 Nations with the Highest Number of Children Out of School
Out of School Male Female
1. Somalia 71.5 69.0 74.5
2. South Sudan 67.0 64.0 71.0
3. Niger 60.0 56.0 63.5
4. Burka Fasco 52.5 51.0 53.0
5. Mali 50.0 47.0 53.5
6. Afghistan 49.0 39.0 60.5
7. Syria 47.5 47.0 47.5
8. Chad 46.5 41.0 53.0
9. Guinea 43.0 36.0 50.0
10. Sengal 39.0 39.5 38.0
11. Liberia 38.5 39.5 38.0
12. Gambia 36.0 37.0 36.0
13. Czech Republic 35.0 29.0 40.5
14. Ethiopita 34.0 36.0 31.5
15. Pakistan 32.5 28.5 37.0
16. Guinea-Bissauu 32.5 29.5 35.5
17. Uited Rep of Tanaiza 32.5 31.5 34.0
18. Nigeria 29.5 27.5 32.0
19. Benin 29.5 26.5 33.0
20. Central African Republic 28.5 20.0 37.0
So How Do We Begin, to Solve the Problem?
The goal to Educate Every Child on the Planet sounds great, but every previous attempt has failed, ALL OF THEM.
How do we know? The problem is still here.
The challenge to gather real up to date information, and then trying to provide the resources to resolve the problems of so many nations, is an enormous task.
The World Top 20 Project’s strategy is to break everything down into small goals that are easier to manage and achieve. Starting with looking at the facts, and try to resolve those issues, that are causing the problems.
Let’s begin by looking at the chart.
Africa Crying Out for Help
16 Countries with the most out of school children are from Africa, three from Asia, and surprisingly one is from Europe – the Czech Republic.
Four countries in the list, have over 50% of their children out of school. Seven countries also have over 50% of their girls out of school.
If these children are not in school, what barriers are they facings?
According to the Global Partnership for Education, three of the 10 main barriers are centered on poverty, one each on culture and internal conflict, and the remaining five because of a lack of government funding.