Out-of-School Children and Effective Schools
Evidence-based policies, investments and partnerships for the most vulnerable learners
Education systems are highly complex and unique in each country. Getting all children in school for effective learning, particularly the most vulnerable and marginalized ones, requires strong commitment, investment and partnerships among families, educators and decision makers. It requires shared goals and national policies that put learning at the centre. Regular and rigorous monitoring based on solid data and evidence help policymakers identify what’s working, who’s benefiting, and who’s being left behind.
Education sector management, governance, and coordination in the East Asia and Pacific region are often ineffective and/or inefficient. Therefore, system strengthening is an essential component to further promote the Sustainable Development Goal 4 - Education 2030 agenda in each national policy context and plan.
Strong education systems are inclusive, equitable, risk-informed and gender-transformative. They support early learning and multi-lingual education, and foster innovations to extend education opportunities to the hardest-to-reach children and adolescents.
UNICEF’s work to strengthen education systems
Strengthening system governance is essential to ensuring equity, quality and learning in education by using evidence to deliver results for children.
UNICEF works with communities, schools and Governments in the East Asia and Pacific region to build strong, innovative education systems that enhance learning for all children.
In collaboration with regional partners – including UNESCO Bangkok, UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), and Global Partnerships for Education (GPE) – UNICEF supports solid education sector analysis, planning, monitoring and evaluation.
Key interventions of our work in systems strengthening include:
- Improve the national data system (collection, processing, analysis and use of disaggregated data, through Education Management Information System, household surveys, census etc.)
- Strengthen equity-promoting sector planning, budgeting and financing systems
- Generate, disseminate and use knowledge and evidence to bring about change for children