Out-of-School Children in Djibouti

Who they are, where they are, and how can we reach them

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The Djibouti Country Out-of-School Children Study was conducted in 2014. The report showed that access to primary school had improved a lot since 2000 with a slower, but significant, decline at the number of out-of-school children at the lower secondary level. Despite this, out-of-school rates at all levels remained high, particularly at the pre-primary level, where coverage was almost negligible.

The report showed that the time of conducting the study, at particular risk of being excluded from education were children of nomads, poor, internally displaced people, refugees, the homeless, girls and children affected by conflict and natural disasters. Some of these at-risk populations were not Djiboutian nationals.

The report identified that poverty, low quality of education and facilities, social attitudes giving limited value in education, non-compulsory preschool education, lack of services for disabled children, and lack of birth certificates are major barriers to access to education in Djibouti.

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