As the International Forum on Inclusion comes to a close in Cali UNESCO Institute for Statistics reveals that 258 million school-age children (6-17) were not in school in 2018. While the number of out-of-school children appears to have dropped from 262 million as reported last year, the fall is largely due to a methodological change in the way the indicators are calculated. Children of primary school age who are in pre-school, who were previously included in the total, are no longer counted as being out of school. However, this does not change the overall rates of children out of school.
Key take aways:
- The situation of out-of-school children has not significantly improved for the last ten years.
- More than 258 million children, adolescents and youth are out of school, which means that one-sixth of the global population is denied the right to education.
- The children who miss out continue to be the most vulnerable.
- Girls continue to face the greatest barriers to education. Globally, about 9 million girls of primary school age will never start school compared to 3 million boys.