UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Education and Science to improve access to education, in particular for marginalized children such as preschool-aged children living in rural areas, children with disabilities, children from ethnic minority groups and girls, and is conducting evidence-based advocacy on access to preschool, primary and secondary education.
UNICEF is collaborating with various stakeholders to ensure that more girls and boys, including the most marginalized, benefit from increased national, sub-national and community capacity to access and complete preschool and basic education, and to transition to further education.
The Government has adopted and replicated a UNICEF-developed model for alternative early childhood education. This has increased the preschool education enrolment rate by 5 percentage points since 2010. The aim is to double enrolment and reach 25 per cent of children aged 3-6 by 2020.
UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Education and Science to expand and improve the quality of alternative early childhood education programmes, especially for the most marginalized boys and girls, including children with disabilities and children from rural areas. It will advocate leveraging resources from government institutions, donors and partners to expand early childhood education.
UNICEF monitors and is continuing to improve data for pre-primary education. It works with key duty bearers to develop capacity to promote and provide alternative early learning opportunities, including in the home environment, while monitoring and promoting their equity focus.
UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Education and Science to build the capacities of schools and district-level authorities to create child-friendly, gender-sensitive, and inclusive educational facilities. It is continuing to work with the authorities to identify out-of-school children and children at risk of dropping out, and to facilitate appropriate measures to prevent absenteeism with educational authorities and parents. This includes scaling up piloted dropout prevention and response interventions, including the introduction of an in-service teacher-training course on the Early Warning System.
UNICEF is developing accelerated learning solutions for out-of-school children and adolescents and those at risk of dropping out, in order to enable them to re-enter mainstream education
UNICEF supports communication campaigns for social change within schools and communities to reach wider society and policymakers, to promote the rights of children with disabilities to an inclusive educational environment, and to address social norms that hinder their full development. It is addressing social norms that undermine the enrolment of children with disabilities and the transition of girls to non-compulsory education grades.