Every child has the right to go to school and learn

Children outside their UNICEF-supported school in Timor-Leste


The East Asia and Pacific region is home to one-third of the world’s population and more than one-quarter of the world’s children – around 580 million children in total. The region possesses a stunning variety in geography, culture and political and economic systems and significant diversity can be seen within countries in terms of wealth, ethnicity and language.

UNICEF believes that every child has the right to an education regardless of who they are, where they live or how much money their family has.

The East Asia and Pacific region is home to 1/3 of the world’s population and more than one-quarter of the world’s children

children in a preschool class in Viet Nam

Some countries in this region have increased enrollment, retention and completion rates and decreased gender gaps. However many children, both between and within countries, are still out of school or do not have access to quality education because of their socioeconomic status, geographical location, disability, ethnicity, language and gender persist.


For every child, an education

Education transforms lives and breaks the cycle of poverty that traps so many children.  UNICEF is committed to making sure every child has access to a quality education, no matter who or where they are. We work with governments and partners throughout the region to help make sure education reaches the most vulnerable, that systems work effectively for children, and that no child is left behind. 

The Sustainable Development Goal 4 mandates that all girls and boys complete free primary and secondary schooling by 2030. It also aims to ensure universal access to quality higher education by eliminating gender and wealth disparities and providing equal access to affordable vocational training.

To help achieve these goals for the next 15 years, the UNICEF will continue focusing on inequity in terms of access to education and learning.

children in a unicef-supported preschool

Early childhood education

Early childhood presents an incomparable window of opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life

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children smiling in class in Thailand

Children with disabilities

An estimated 190 million children with disabilities live in the region, often among the most marginalized

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Girl smiling with her hands raised outside her school in Fiji

Gender equality

Educating girls delivers huge social and economic benefits to the individual, her community and country

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girls jumping in the philippines

Adolescent development

Around 329 million adolescents live in the region and constitute a quarter of the world’s adolescent population

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