Education for life and citizenship
Although primary education registration rates have increased over the years, school absence and dropout rates are still high, especially among the indigenous population. In addition, over-age students are a growing trend. While half of the child population has access to pre-school education, coverage levels in ECD programmes are very low. Illiteracy rates, especially among indigenous women, continue to be high (43 per cent, compared with 13 per cent nationally, as of 2001).
This component will contribute to increasing school access and retention, and to minimizing the proportion of older children in lower grades by promoting quality teaching and learning. At the national level, it will facilitate the development of an IECD policy and support the access of 50,000 children under age six to different means of pre-school education in selected municipalities. In basic education, which is UNICEF Bolivia’s area of comparative advantage, the component will promote increased school access, retention and completion through expanded local strategies and the inclusion of migrant and indigenous children. In non-formal education, where UNICEF involvement will be complemented by that of other partners with more experience, the component will support children who are outside of the education system and those who have disabilities as well as young mothers and illiterate women. The component will support the development and implementation of the new education law and will develop national and local capacities to respond to education-sector needs in emergencies and disasters. Synergies will be developed with the Ministry of Health’s “Zero Malnutrition” programme.