India, Nigeria, and Pakistan have the highest rates of out-of-school children worldwide, according to statistics.
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s most recent statistics on out-of-school children worldwide, there are currently roughly 20 million unschooled children in Nigeria (UNESCO).
According to UNESCO, the most recent statistics were calculated using a new and improved approach, and there are “244 million children and youth between the ages of 6 and 18 worldwide (who) are still out of school.”
For more than ten years, the population of Nigeria has fluctuated between 10.5 million and 15 million, with the situation getting worse as a result of the nation’s deteriorating security condition.
The data were released by UNESCO in a press release on Thursday, a copy of which was provided to PREMIUM TIMES by media specialist Dafalia Dimitra along with the Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM), which is created by an independent committee and released by UNESCO.
The global organisation said the team developing the report “has the official mandate of monitoring progress in meeting the Sustainable Development Goal on education, SDG 4.”
The statement reads in part; “The new estimates, published online by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, show that sub-Saharan Africa remains the region with the most children and youth out of school with 98 million children and young people excluded from education. It is also the only region where this number is increasing; out-of-school rates are falling more slowly than the rate at which the school-age population is growing.
“The region with the second highest out-of-school population is Central and Southern Asia with 85 million. The top three countries with the most children and youth excluded from education are India, Nigeria and Pakistan.”
Silvia Montoya, the director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, asserts that closing the gaps is a key component of accomplishing the SDGs’ fourth objective.
“UNESCO has long underscored the need to make more efficient use of the data we have. That’s why we’ve brought together administrative data with information from surveys and censuses. By using multiple data sources, gaps are filled, data trends are smoothed, and we can draw consistent time series,” the official said.