With falling school enrolment rates, deteriorating education quality and school systems struggling to overcome the global financial crisis, education is a top priority for UNICEF in the CEECIS region.
With falling school enrolment rates, deteriorating education quality and school systems struggling to overcome the global financial crisis, education is a top priority for UNICEF in the CEECIS region.Despite ongoing reforms, the region’s under-resourced education systems are struggling to improve equity, quality and governance. Children and adolescents face many barriers to school participation and learning.
Disparities in access persist for the hardest to reach groups, with policies and programmes for minority groups showing little impact. Children with disabilities are almost entirely excluded from education. Dropout rates are rising in many countries and, in some countries, primary school enrolment rates are declining. Families’ costs of educating children have increased, especially in light of the current financial crisis, which exacerbates existing barriers to access.
School quality is declining, with low levels of learning achievement, inadequate teacher preparation systems, outdated teaching methodologies, over-centralised school governance and crumbling school infrastructure among the major concerns. Early childhood education services are scarce and often do not serve those who would benefit the most. Ability tracking and segregation of children to special schools persist. Youth unemployment is often double and triple that of the national unemployment rate, partly because young people leave school without the skills needed to participate in today's knowledge economy.
In 2010, the UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS prepared summaries of the situation of education in each of its 21 countries.
The Education Profiles are intended to provide an overview of the key advances and challenges for education systems in the region, with a special focus on issues related to access and equity, quality and financing of education.
Demand for Education Innovation: Adolescent and youth perspectives on education quality in the CEE/CIS region
The Right of Children with Disabilities to Education: A Rights-Based Approach to Inclusive Education in the CEECIS Region
Teachers: A regional study on recruitment, development and salaries of teachers in the CEE/CIS region
The Right of Roma Children to Education: Position Paper