Out-of-school children in Sudan

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

A young boy smiles standing outside his house


Sudan has both the largest number and the highest rate of out-of-school children in the Middle East and North Africa.

Sudan’s 2014 Out-of-school children study argued that girls, children affected by war, IDPs, children in rural areas, poor children and some ethnic and religious groups were more likely to be excluded from school. The report showed that among the key barriers to access to education in Sudan, were gender discrimination, poverty, child labour, limited educational resources, lack of effective protection system for vulnerable families, early marriage, low literacy rates and social norms of some ethnic and religious groups that devalue education.

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