Regional Education Agenda

Including All Children in Quality Learning

Presentations

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Panel on out-of-school children at the Annual Conference of Comparative International Education Societies (CIES) in Toronto, 13 March 2014

“Regional Framework for Monitoring Out of School Children & Children at Risk of Dropping Out”
Joint presentation by Philippe Testot-Ferry (UNICEF) and Frank Van Capelle (UNICEF)

In the region of Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS), there are an estimated 2.5 million children of primary and lower secondary school age that are out of school. An additional 1.6 million children of pre-primary school age are not enrolled. The children that are not enrolled in school most often are those from the most socially marginalized communities, including children with disabilities, children from ethnic minority communities, such as Roma, children excluded because of gender barriers and children living in extreme poverty. All of these children have the right to education and are currently being deprived of that right.

The first step to supporting these children to realize their right to education is to understand their situation – who are the children out of school, where do they live and why are they out of school? Many countries have difficulties developing effective policies to respond to the needs of out-of-school children because of a lack of reliable information. Data on children that are out of school is scarce and so many are invisible in national data on education.

The Regional Framework on Monitoring Out of School Children proposes 8-steps for developing a system to monitor children and adolescents who are out-of-school (OOSC) or at risk of exclusion from education. This framework aims to help countries in the CEE/CIS region to improve their data on out of school children so that policies and strategies for ensuring these children’s access to education can be improved through evidence-based analysis. More specifically, the framework provides guidance to countries on how to develop a monitoring system which can be used to: (1) Reliably identify OOSC and those at risk of exclusion; (2) Analyze the causes of exclusion; and (3) Develop and implement appropriate evidence-based policies and strategies to prevent exclusion.

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