"Nearly zero progress" in reducing global out-of-school rate says UNICEF

| Updated Sep 08, 2017 at 5:56am


Children play outside after the school day ends in rural Nepal. Photo: Aisha Faquir/World Bank.


The percentage of 6-15-year-olds missing out on school has barely decreased over the past decade, the UN Children's Fund UNICEF said on Wednesday.

"Pervasive levels of poverty", protracted conflicts, and complex humanitarian emergencies have led to stagnation, UNICEF said.

The agency called for more investment to address the underlying reasons why children are not in the classroom.

In 2007, there were 135 million children missing from class, and the figure today is 123 million, which represents a drop of just over one per cent.

UNICEF Chief of Education, Jo Bourne, said that carrying on with the same approach would not get the most vulnerable children into school, adding that they would just remain "trapped in poverty, deprivation and insecurity".

He said governments and international efforts needed to concentrate on making schools safe and improving teaching and learning.