Archive | January, 2013

Key findings on out-of-school children in Kyrgyzstan

By: Rudina Vojvoda

NEW YORK, 18 January 2013 – In 2010 UNICEF and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics launched the Global Out-of-School Children Initiative (OOSCI), an equity-focused effort whose goal is to reduce the number of out-of-school children, to address disparities in access and attendance and achieve universal primary education by 2015. Kyrgyzstan, one of the 26 countries participating in this initiative, recently published a country-level study on out-of-school children. The study describes the situation of out-of-school children in the country, the progress made by the government to get children into school and the challenges ahead.

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KYRGYZSTAN, 2011

This study emphasizes the complex and multidimensional barriers and bottlenecks that cause children to be out of school. It is clear that the issue of out-of-school children cannot be tackled in isolation, and a multi-sector approach is needed. Based on the findings of the OOSCI report, there is a crucial need to address the barriers to education in coordination with other sectors, particularly in areas of health and social protection.

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Nearly three years after Haiti earthquake, national survey shows progress for children in Haiti

Press release

PORT-AU-PRINCE, 10 January 2013 – Almost three years after Haiti’s earthquake, preliminary results of a new national household survey show substantial progress for children in the education, nutrition, health and sanitation sectors since 2006.

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Students attend a math class at the La Ruche school in Les Cayes.

According to the initial results of the Haiti Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), which covered 13,350 households, 77 per cent of children aged 6-11 years attended primary school in 2012 compared to just below 50 per cent in 2005-2006 when the last survey was conducted.

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