Inequality keeps too many children out of school in South Asia


A new study has revealed that 27 million children aged 5-13 are out of school in four countries -Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – in South Asia.

“Out-of-school children have little opportunity to learn and develop and this has an unfortunate impact on the rest of their lives,” said EI General Secretary, Fred van Leeuwen, in reaction to the report released by the UNICEF’s Regional Office for South Asia and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).

“By better identifying these children and the challenges they face, we can take concrete and effective steps to reach out to them and try to ensure that their right to education is respected. We say: No more children hidden from decision makers!”

According to the “Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children – South Asia Regional Study covering Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka”  launched on 28 January, children from rural areas, particularly girls, and from urban slums, ethnic minorities, children with disabilities and child labourers face the greatest risk of being out of school.

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