15.1 Out of School Children Initiative (OOSCI)


SpeakerName: Country Representatives: Nepal, Ms. Purnima Gurung

Description: ‘This presentation also reviews effective interventions for OOSC, especially noting that South Asia is the region with the highest number of OOSC at 36.1 million, with 8.8 million of primary school age and 26.3 of secondary school age (UIS, 2015). Thus, an analysis of interventions was initiated and completed, with the criteria for evaluating effectiveness for these interventions provided in this presentation. Most notably, it is reported how ECD plays a role in addressing multiple aspects concerning OOSC. Furthermore, enrollment campaigns have proven to be effective, and when combined with other interventions, they become stronger. Additionally, the following interventions have proven to be effective: (1) Pro-poor economic incentives (e.g., cash transfer); (2) Standards for effective NFL programmes (Non-formal education/FLS interventions); and (3) Sector Plans/Sector-wide Approaches (SWAps). This plenary concludes with the following insights and recommendations regarding programming and initiatives for OOSC: (1) Expand ECD; (2) Offer economic incentives; (3) Use targeted multi-sectoral interventions; (4) The quality and innovation of FLS is key; (5) Utilize education sector plans to promote inclusive education for all OOSC; and (6) Broaden data management systems.