The Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Out-of-School Children Initiative (OOSCI) Regional Report was launched at a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon on 15 April 2015. The joint report from UNICEF and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics is the most comprehensive to date on education equity in the region. Despite impressive progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade and a 40 per cent reduction in the number of out-of-school children in the MENA region, one in every four children and young adolescents (more than 21 million) are either out of school or at risk of dropping out.
The launch included the following speakers (click to read remarks/presentation):
- Maria Calivis, Regional Director, UNICEF MENA
- Yayoi Segi-Vltchek, Programme Specialist, UNESCO
- Mary Joy Pigozzi, Director, Educate a Child
- Dina Craissati, Regional Education Adviser, UNICEF MENA
- Press release
- In his column, Rami Khouri explains how Arab children who do not learn or attend school will exact a heavy price on our societies and become "our own homemade weapons of our own mass destruction"
- Associated Press article - UN: 21M children in Mideast risk missing out on education
- Al Araby article - يونيسف: 21 مليون طفل عربي خارج المدرسة
- Al-Fanar Media article - 21 Million Arab Children Not in School or At Risk
- Full media coverage from the Regional Launch
- GPE Blog: New reports outline barriers to education in the Middle East and North Africa
- Social media messages and visuals
- Social media analytics for #OutofSchool