Out-of-School Children

External Resources
Use the links below to learn about other organizations' work related to out-of-school-children. These are just a few of many groups working to reduce the number of out-of-school children around the world.Educate a ChildUNICEF/UIS Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children

About 60 million children of primary school age still don't go to school.  Read about them, their characteristics, where they are, and about programs to get them into school and keep them in school. 

# Programs: 129
# Research & Evidence: 106

Related Programs

  • Akanksha After-School Centers

    Akanksha provides non-formal education using existing under-utilized school buildings to children from low-income communities who otherwise would not have access to education.India
  • Anandadhara

    Anandadhara is an educational resource center to ensure that children develop into citizens of today and tomorrow after receiving practiced, qualitative, and equitable tailor-made education.India
  • Back to School Film Campaign for Children in Africa

    The Back to School film campaign for children in Africa was created to reveal the challenges affecting African children particularly with regards to receiving a quality education, and to raise funds to send some of these children back to school.Nigeria
  • Better Schools Program

    The Better Schools Program, implemented by SeeBeyondBorders, improves teaching and learning environments in schools through repairing dilapidated classrooms and buildings or building new facilities.Cambodia
  • BRAC Primary Schools

    BRAC primary schools offer quality, non-formal education to disadvantaged and school dropout children in Bangladesh, with a particular emphasis on girls.Bangladesh
  • Building Tomorrow

    Building Tomorrow partners with rural Ugandan communities to build primary schools, then partners with the Ministry of Education which opens and operates the school as a government school, covering all recurring costs including teacher salaries.Uganda
  • Campus Night School

    Campus Night School provides out-of-school boys with access to affordable night classes, thus addressing the large gap in boys’ education in Anambra State.Nigeria
  • Can't Wait to Learn Sudan

    The Can't Wait to Learn Sudan project delivers out of school Sudan mathematics curriculum to out-of-school children through a self-paced, interactive, tablet-based program that children access in community spaces.Sudan
  • Chalk House Play & Learn Centers

    Chalk House Play & Learn Centers cater primarily to the education needs of disadvantaged children who have not only missed out on the benefits of early childhood learning, but are presently without access to quality education opportunities.Nigeria
  • Child Friendly Spaces (CFS)

    CFS offers informal education, health, and nutrition support to child laborers and the children of laborers thereby facilitating their reintegration to the mainstream education system.India
  • Children's Sure House

    Children's Sure House aims to provide education to children in rural Uganda through schools built by volunteers.Uganda
  • Doosra Dashak

    Doosra Dashak provides holistic education to out-of-school adolescents and gives them opportunities to translate their learning into action through linking learning with practice.India
  • Dreamcatcher

    WEMA Dreamcatcher is a bus fitted with computers offering street children free access to e-learning to improve literacy and numeracy skills.Kenya
  • Dustbin Kids

    LOTS Charity Foundation focuses on education and community development, and caters specifically to the needs of street and vulnerable children.Nigeria
  • Dwelling Places Interim School

    As part of the Transitional Rehabilitation Home, the Dwelling Places Interim School provides targeted basic education and non-cognitive skills training to vulnerable out of school children with the ultimate objective of reintegrating these students into the Ugandan school system.Uganda
  • Educate Girls

    Educate Girls' program model leverages existing government and community resources to make quality education accessible to the most marginalized girls even in the most rural and remote areas of the challenging districts in which it operates.India
  • Education de Base (EDB) Program

    The Education de Base (EDB) project was a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors at the national, regional, and local levels to transform middle school education in Senegal.Senegal
  • Encompass

    The Encompass residential program provides tutoring and mentoring to children who suffer from behavioral issues and are unable to attend a regular school or perform to their full potential.India
  • Enhancement of Girls Participation and Completion of Primary Education (EGPCPE)

    The Enhancement of Girls Participation and Completion of Primary Education Program is an initiative launched by the Creative Centre for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM) and PLAN Malawi that seeks to mobilize and strengthen the capacity of parents, school administration, and community leaders to support primary school students through training.Malawi
  • FACE Salam Project for Street Children

    Salam Project for Street Children seeks to significantly reduce the number of street children living and working on the streets of Cairo by providing outreach and drop-in services (basic health and nutritional services) that emphasize alternative livelihood strategies and offer vocational training services leading to eventual social integration.Egypt
  • Financially Self-Sufficient Schools

    A financially self-sufficient network of secondary schools which give low-income students the opportunity to receive a quality education while learning practical agricultural and business skills through operating real microenterprises on campus.Paraguay
  • Ganokendra

    Ganokendra ("People’s Centers" in Bengali) provide needs-based, non-formal education in the areas of literacy, livelihood skills, health, and the environment for out-of-school children, youth, and adults living in marginalized rural and urban slum communities.Bangladesh
  • Garissa Youth Program

    The Garissa Youth Program (G‐Youth) empowers youth in Garissa, Kenya to make sound career and life decisions as they transition from secondary schools into the next stages of their lives.Kenya
  • Getting Ready for School

    The Getting Ready for School program trains older children to actively engage with pre-school children in their communities, helping young learners prepare for a successful transition to primary school in areas where formal preschool is not available.Global
  • Getting to School Program

    The Getting to School Program, implemented by SeeBeyondBorders, assists families and communities to educate their children through practical initiatives and encourages community support for education.Cambodia
  • Girls Secondary School Certificates

    The Sindh Radiant Organization's Girls Secondary School Certificates project aims to improve access to education for girls in extremely remote areas of Sindh Province, who otherwise would have not been able to continue education after primary school, by setting up community-based learning centers.Pakistan
  • GOLD Peer Education

    GOLD harnesses the power of peer-to-peer influence in South African secondary schools by training young adults to make informed choices and develop health-enhancing and purpose-driven habits.South Africa
  • Hoopoe Books

    "Repatriating" traditional stories from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the surrounding region, Hoopoe Books provides beautifully illustrated books, teacher guides, and teacher training to encourage literacy for all ages.Afghanistan
  • IIRR Pastoralist Education Project

    The IIRR Pastoralist Education Project bridges curriculum and literacy gaps for children in nomadic families and for under-educated adults in rural Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda.Kenya
  • Inclusive Education Western Cape

    Inclusive Education Western Cape supports and advocates for inclusive practices in South African schools for students with learning difficulties, disabilities or other special needs, through advocacy initiatives, awareness campaigns, training workshops on inclusive education, and support networks.South Africa
  • Increasing Enrollment in District Rahim Yar Khan

    Bunyad Literacy Community Council (BLCC) has designed a holistic community intervention to improve enrollment rates in Rahim Yar Khan district in Punjab province, by setting up non-formal primary schools and mothers literacy centers in the target communities, and conducting enrollment drives and awareness campaigns.Pakistan
  • Innovative Program

    The program focuses on providing educational and health care support to drop-out and out-of-school children and enrolling them in regular schools.India
  • JumpStart Program

    In response to mounting youth unemployment, the JumpStart Program aims to equip low-income students and unemployed youth with job-specific skills, work experience and access to job opportunities.South Africa
  • Keeping Girls at School (KGAS)

    A multi-pronged approach, including school-based mentoring, girls’ clubs, saving and loan activities with associated training in financial management, and community score cards to provides support for girls in lower secondary school to stay in school and continue to upper secondary school.Rwanda
  • Kibera in Need - Education Support Scheme

    Kibera in Need's education support scheme provides education and training to orphaned, vulnerable children and adults living in Nairobi's Kibera slum, funding primary and secondary education and providing vocational and business skills training to young professionals and entrepreneurs.Kenya
  • Lchokuti Foundation

    With the help of local staff as well as international volunteers, the Lchokuti Foundation provides informal education and advice to out-of-school students by teaching life skills, language, literacy, culture, and health.Kenya
  • Literacy Boost

    Literacy Boost works with students, teachers, and communities to encourage reading, improve reading instruction, and strengthen core reading skills.Malawi
  • Makoko Floating School

    The Makoko Floating School is an architectural innovation built to serve as a prototype floating structure to provide education for the riverine community of Makoko in Lagos State.Nigeria
  • Mobile Ger Kindergartens

    UNICEF Mongolia's mobile ger kindergartens travel each summer to serve hard-to-reach children of nomadic herder families and come equipped with furniture, teaching materials, toys, and meals for students.Mongolia
  • Move 4 New Horizons

    Move 4 New Horizons in Nepal is a holistic education program that consists of an early childhood development component, non-formal education classes, and vocational training.Nepal
  • NairoBits ICT Multimedia Training

    NairoBits seeks to positively change the lives of vulnerable youth by improving their socio-economic well-being through building both technical and innovative skills in ICT.Kenya
  • OpenEMIS

    OpenEMIS, is an Open Source Education Management Information System (EMIS) designed to collect and report data on education systems.
  • Pehchan Project

    The Pehchan Project runs "Pehchanshalas," bridge courses for socially and economically deprived out-of-school adolescent girls of 9-14 years of age.India
  • Plexx

    Plexx is a digital career counsellor that allows young people without college degrees to explore occupations, find local training, and apply to jobs from their mobile phone.BrazilUnited States of America
  • Preparation for Social Action (PSA)

    The Preparation for Social Action (PSA) program seeks to empower youth by making math, science, language, community development, and technology applicable to their everyday lives.Uganda
  • Project Hello World

    Project Hello World provides isolated and vulnerable communities in Sub-Saharan Africa with educational content and Internet access through outdoor solar-powered Internet kiosks, the Hello Hubs.Nigeria
  • Promoting Access to Community Education (PACE)

    PACE leverages the large proportion of Kenyan youth who are transitioning between high school and university and engages and trains them as teaching assistants to serve in some of the most disadvantaged schools for a period of three to six months.Kenya
  • Pudami Neighborhood Schools

    Pudami Neighborhood Schools operates 29 primary schools and four large neighborhood schools to provide English-medium education to low-income students living in Hyderabad.India
  • Rescue Dada Centre

    The Rescue Dada rehabilitation center is located and operates in Nairobi and aims to reunite girls who have been living on the streets with their families.Kenya
  • SAEP Bridging Year Programme

    The SAEP Bridging Year Programme helps promising, motivated matriculants from under-resourced schools to further develop the academic and life skills they need to access and succeed in higher education, learnerships, and meaningful employment.South Africa
  • Safina Women's Association

    Safina Women’s Association (SAWA) is dedicated to improving the well-being of women and children by promoting inclusive education and working closely with the government to influence policies, guidelines, and legislation concerning the welfare of women and children.Tanzania
  • Samrakshana Competence Skill Building

    Samrakshana's Competence Skill Building program helps students in grades 7, 8, and 9 to achieve academic excellence by developing important life skills such as goal-setting and planning, self-discipline, self-esteem, and relationship-building.India
  • Samridhdhi Bridge Program

    This is a bridge program for out-of-school children to bring them up to age-appropriate standards of mainstream schools.India
  • School of Hope

    School of Hope is a registered special-needs school that provides hope through education for at risk and vulnerable youth.South Africa
  • School-in-a-Box

    The School-in-a Box kit is a portable classroom that can be used almost anywhere in the world.Rwanda
  • Second Shift Schools for Girls

    Through this project NRSP is engaging with local communities to run "Second Shift Schools" for 1,500 girls without access to education, at nearby rural boys’ schools.Pakistan
  • Seed of Hope

    Seed of Hope is a program of Vision Africa that offers vocational training to out-of-school youth in underserved areas, including urban slums and rural regions.Kenya
  • Share Literacy Mexico

    Share Literacy, an initiative of the Institute for Cross-cultural Exchange (ICE), has donated 900 books in Spanish and English to NGO's, schools and orphanages in San Quintin, Mexico.Mexico
  • Skate and Create

    Skate and Create aims to empower children from all backgrounds in Afghanistan through learning through play.Afghanistan
  • Slum-2-School Initiative

    Slum-2-School is a non-profit initiative aimed at improving access to quality education for children in hard-to-reach slums in Nigeria.Nigeria
  • Soy Autor

    Soy Autor targets at-risk youth and the most vulnerable populations of El Salvador and provides them an opportunity to overcome trauma through written expression and personal reflection.El Salvador
  • Stand Tall Training Center

    The Stand Tall Training Center provides education and training to children in Kampala who are unable to afford the cost of formal schooling, employing an innovative curriculum that articulates traditional academic subjects with life skills, entrepreneurship and vocational training.Uganda
  • StayInSchool Nigeria

    StayInSchool aims to address the increasing number of out-of-school children in Nigeria by providing support to orphans, drop-outs, and other at-risk youth to return to or remain in school until completion.Nigeria
  • Suraksha Education Centers

    A holistic approach to addressing persistent poverty, Suraksha centers leverage innovative teaching methods, community engagement strategies, education technology, and more to ensure that students develop into well equipped, self-confident and productive community members.India
  • talkUBUNTU

    talkUBUNTU is a project-driven social media learning enterprise designed to build creative partnerships between schools, the business-industrial sector, as well as civil society.South Africa
  • Teach the Teacher Program

    The Teach the Teacher Program, implemented by SeeBeyondBorders, provides training for Cambodian teachers through workshops delivered with assistance from volunteer Australian teachers; mentoring programs that provide continuing in-class support for teachers from Cambodian peer leaders trained by local staff; and relevant teaching resources.Cambodia
  • The Complementary Basic Education (CBE) Project

    The Complementary Basic Education Project is an initiative of the Malawian government implemented by the Creative Center for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM) that seeks to improve access to primary education for out of school youth.Malawi
  • The Eklavya Project

    The Eklavya Project assists families in gaining access to high-quality private schools through India’s Right to Education Act.India
  • The Pathways (Novos Caminhos) Project

    The Pathways (Novo Caminhos) project offers fast-track primary and secondary education, numeracy and literacy support for out-of-school youth to pursue education and employment opportunities.Brazil
  • The Speed School Program

    The Speed School program transitions out-of-school children in Ethiopia and Liberia into local schools through an innovative pedagogy and intensive instruction calendar that covers the first three years of the national curriculum in just one year.Ethiopia
  • Tiempo de Juego

    Tiempo de Juego develops integral social skills and life skills in youth from the most vulnerable and violent communities of Colombia through sports and other recreational activities.Colombia
  • Turkana Education for All (TEFA)

    The Turkana Education for All (TEFA) program aims to provide education for marginalized nomadic pastoralist children through the use of low-cost schools.Kenya
  • Turning Point Children's Centers

    Turning Point Trust runs Children's Centers in the Kibera slum of Nairobi that help children and families gain access to education, health care, food and microfinance.Kenya
  • Ubongo Kids

    Ubongo Kids is an interactive educational TV program that delivers math and science lessons to students through entertaining stories and songs.Tanzania
  • Udaan

    Udaan is a residential bridge-building course for 11 to 14 year adolescent rural girls who have never been to school or have dropped out from primary schools.India
  • Uday Samudaik Pathshalas

    Support, strengthen, and popularize the idea of a child-centric innovative education system through endeavors of quality in education so that communities start demanding the same from the existing education-providing structures.India
  • VICDA School Projects

    VICDA identify underprivileged communities in need of support in the areas of health/nutrition, education, and sanitation among other projects.Kenya
  • Vidya Helpline

    Vidya HelpLine combines a free telephone counseling center with career workshops to provide guidance to rural secondary students and dropouts that lack access to support and advice for their education.India
  • Vocational Training Program

    Unnati, a program on youth empowerment and social transformation, is recurring throughout the year with new batches of youth in the age group between 18 and 25, rigorously trained in soft and life skills, values, spoken English, and computer skills, and placed in leading corporations and companies.India
  • Vutamdogo

    The Vutamdogo (Pull the Little One) program works to improve the literacy and numeracy of Tanzanian children in grades 1-2.Tanzania
  • We Love Reading

    We Love Reading (WLR) promotes an appreciation for learning by establishing community libraries and training local women to lead read aloud sessions for young children.Jordan
  • Young Africa

    Young Africa runs vocational skills training centers that are designed to equip youth between the ages of 15 and 25 with both vocational skills and life skills to enable them to lead productive and purposeful lives.Zimbabwe
  • Young Changemaker's Program

    The Young Changemaker’s Program implemented by Akili Dada targets underprivileged girls at the secondary level and contributes to molding them into future leaders.Kenya

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