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Moving To Address Children Who Are At Risk Of Missing Out On Education

"EAC is not going to rest on its laurels. With the help of our partners, we were able to increase education access to over 10 million out of school children. But, reaching that milestone made us more aware of the work that remains to be done. So, I’m thrilled to announce that EAC is now proactively working to prevent at-risk children from missing out on the right to education," says Dr Mary Joy Pigozzi, Executive Director, Educate A Child (EAC).

Moving To Address Children Who Are At Risk Of Missing Out On Education
source(s): ©UNHCR/Eujin Byun
September 20, 2018

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 partners@educateachild.org.qa.