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The challenges

Millions of children and adolescents out of school

There are also millions of children and adolescents who are excluded from national data and thus are invisible in education indicators.

1.6m

children of pre-primary school age

2.5m

children of primary and lower secondary school age

12m

adolescents

3.6m

children with disabilities

Millions of children and adolescents not learning

Half of
15-year-olds

do not master basic
skills in maths,
reading and science

Children from the poorest
quintile score on average almost one year behind their peers
from the welathiest quintile and children living in rural areas
achieve about two years behind their urban peers.

Including all children in quality learning

This website presents UNICEF's Regional Education Agenda in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. We want to bring a critical mass of countries in the region together – working toward including all children in quality learning. And our priority focus is on the most marginalized groups: children with disabilities and Roma children.

Watch the video

Every child in school

Urgent action is needed to ensure the inclusion and timely completion of a
full cycle of basic education for all children, including the most disadvantaged.
Education systems must be equipped to identify children out of school,
dropping out or at risk of dropping out and to handle diversity and respond
to all children’s needs while respecting their identities.

Including all children

Every child learning

Countries in Europe need to improve the quality of their education
systems to ensure that all young people leave school with the knowledge
and skills necessary for the 21st century and relevant to their lives.

Every child learning early and enrolling on time

Early childhood education is the most powerful equalizer of inequalities in school access and learning. Urgent action is needed to expand access to early childhood education, to monitor and improve the quality of services and to put in place policies that ensure that all children begin primary school at the age of 6.

Every child supported by effective and efficient government

In order to reduce the numbers of out of school children, in particular early school leavers, urgent action is required to reform governance systems and financing mechanisms that address the needs of disadvantaged children. Investments in quality and inclusiveness can be offset by efficiency gains within existing budgets and can further generate savings.