2016 Critical Year for Out-of-School Children

February 24, 2016Duncan McCullough

Asia Education Summit in Bangkok


Early gains after 2000 have been reversed in recent years, and the number of out-of-school children around the world is once again growing. 2016 will be a critical year in regaining progress, and discussions continue this week in Bangkok, where Results for Development experts Nick Burnett and Tara Hill will present on possible solutions at the 2016 Asia Education Summit.



Recent Reports on Reaching the Marginalized


Co-published by UNESCO Bangkok and the Results for Development Institute (R4D), this report looks at the benefits of primary education and estimates the economic cost associated with large populations of OOSC in seven Southeast Asian countries – Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam.



Results for Development and Educate a Child (EAC) partnered for a publication that addresses access to financial services by both the users and the providers of education. It also considers linkages between the public and non-public sectors in relation to financial services, focusing on those who are most disadvantaged and seeking education at the primary level.



There is an increased emphasis on the quality of education in the international development community that is clearly desirable. But in 2013 there were still 124 million children and adolescents out of school, and a renewed focus on quality cannot obscure the basic needs that these children still face. Read about 4 programs in the CEI network prioritizing quality while expanding access to out-of-school children.

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