National Study on the Magnitude of Out-of-School Children in Ethiopia
Country study on out-of-school children
The Ethiopian education system has faced many challenges in achieving access to quality education for all. As a result of efforts made over the last two and a half decades, remarkable improvements have been made. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought further challenges, as school closures have increased the number of out-of-school children (OOSC). Unless extra efforts are made, the country may not achieve its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), to which Ethiopia is a signatory. It is a critical time to meet the needs of OOSC throughout the country, through the design of evidence-based education modalities.
The Ministry of Education (MoE) of Ethiopia, with financial support from the Luminos Fund, has conducted a study on the status of OOSC. The study has been conducted in two phases. The first phase provides a quantitative analysis of the evidence on OOSC before the COVID-19 pandemic. The second phase analyzes qualitative evidence on the effect of COVID-19 on OOSC throughout the country.