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The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Out-of-School Children Initiative (OOSCI) is part of the global OOSCl launched by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) in 2010. The overall objectives of the Initiative are to:

  • Improve the statistical information and analysis on out-of-school children and understand not just how many children are out of school, but who they are and where;
  • Identify the barriers that contribute to exclusion from education; and
  • Analyse the existing and needed policies and strategies related to enhanced school participation.

Nine countries are participating from MENA: Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen. The work within the framework of the Initiative is led by Ministries of Education working closely with a team of national and local education officials and stakeholders from civil society and think tanks. Learn more about the MENA OOSCI and view our other key partners below.



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Latest Update

The 22nd Franco Arab Film Festival in Amman, Jordan is featuring short movies highlighting stories and aspirations of Syrian children in cooperation with UNICEF. The series “In their Own Words” by UNICEF, sheds light on the impact of the five-year war in Syria on children, particularly on their education. Consisting of 12 short movies inside Syria and in neighbouring host countries, the series highlights the aspirations of Syrian children amid an uncertain future.

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Unpack the OOSCI Data

Despite impressive progress in raising primary school enrolment over the past decade, one in every four children and young adolescents in the MENA region are either out of school or at risk of dropping out. More facts and figures available in our Data Snapshot and infographic video.

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You Know Me

Watch You Know Me, a short film about why the region’s children are not in school. Available are also behind the scenes 'making of' videos on three themes: conflict, dropout and gender discrimination. Videos are in English, Arabic and French.

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