One in Five Children, Adolescents and Youth is Out of School
This fact sheet presents the latest UIS data on education available as of February 2018.
UNESCO Institue for Statistics | UNESCO | 2018
Three years after the adoption of Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) and the promise to provide universal primary and secondary education, there has been no progress in reducing the global number of out-of-school children, adolescents and youth. As the SDG 4–Education 2030 Steering Committee meets in Paris, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has released this fact sheet, highlighting trends at the global and regional levels, to inform discussions and provide stakeholders with the data needed to target policies, strategies and resources to get all children, adolescents and youth in school and learning.
The international development community has just 12 years to provide high-quality and equitable education. The data in this paper show that a business-as-usual approach will not bring us close to achieving universal primary and secondary education by 2030. There is an urgent need for greater investment in education at the global, regional and national levels, including more resources for data collection and analysis.
As the official source of SDG 4 data, the UIS is producing the indicators and developing the methodological tools to help countries and development partners better target policies and resources. However, the most sophisticated indicators and methodologies will amount to little if countries are unable to collect the data. The calls for greater investment in SDG 4 must include support to help countries leverage their data to get every child in school and learning.