As part of its Wave 2 Strategy to build on this historic backdrop and continue to create education opportunities for vulnerable children worldwide, EAC is proud to introduce a modest initiative aimed at those the most at risk of dropping out. Admittedly, there are no concrete data concerning the prevalence of at-risk children, yet global figures generally estimate numbers in the millions.
Furthermore, research suggests that a range of interrelated demand and supply barriers that coalesce and influence how and why children drop out of school, including on the one hand, economic or social disadvantages, owing to the children’s background or belief systems; or school-related factors on the other, such as a lack of security, inadequate school infrastructure, or perceived low-quality education or irrelevant instruction. Not surprisingly, children in marginalised groups (those in rural areas, poverty and girls) are at serious risk of dropping out. So, EAC is moving to address the situation and ensure at-risk children continue to realise their right to education.
Specifically, EAC will use the following operational definitions:
Children at “high risk” of dropout: Children facing adversity due to myriad factors, including economic/financial barriers, chronic illness, displacement or migration, disability, linguistic minority status, or gender-related cultural barriers; and
Children “most at risk” of dropout: Children who are displaying signals of heightened vulnerability, manifested through reduced attendance and lack of engagement in learning.
For more information on this new initiative, please visit the Become a Partner section on our website here and review the EOI guidelines. Please feel free to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.