UIS data show that 58 million children roughly between the ages of 6 and 11 years are out of school, with barely any change since 2007. According to the new paper released by the UIS and the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, around 43% of those out of school – or 15 million girls and 10 million boys – will probably never set foot in a classroom if current trends continue.
The lack of progress is largely due to high population growth in sub-Saharan Africa, now home to more than 30 million out-of-school children. Most of these children will never start school and those who do are at risk of dropping out. Across the region, more than one in three children who started school in 2012 will leave before reaching the last grade of primary, according to UIS data.