Regional Launch

UNICEF MENA Regional Director, Ms. Maria Calivis, giving her opening remarks


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): 

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