20 July 2023

OOSCI Operational Manual: Data sources and profiles of children

View in full by downloading the OOSCI Operational Manual, Data sources and indicators, The data sources and indicators section of the OOSCI Operational Manual includes the steps required to source, appraise, and prepare the data needed to conduct an OOSCI study, identify gaps and limitations, and produce the basic quantitative profile of out-of-school children and children at risk of dropout (RODO) in the country, including the…, Students with tablets in a school in Niamey, the capital of Niger. Step 1: Review data sources, quality, gaps and limitations, Every OOSCI study should contain a brief section that outlines the quantitative and qualitative data sources examined, the rationale for using those retained and a discussion of the data limitations and advice on the interpretation of indicators. Out-of-school children study teams are encouraged to access, download and use the Data Inventory and…, A boy learns how to read numbers on her first day in school after the summer holidays, Azerbaijan. Step 2: Calculate the 7DE indicators, The Out-of-School Children Initiative focuses on children out of school and those at risk of dropping out, over a wide age range. To help distinguish distinct groups of children for analysis and policy support, it uses a dimensions of exclusion framework, where each group of children is represented by a particular dimension. In line with the SDG 4…, Profiles of children, The profiles of children section of the OOSCI Operational Manual describes the process of drafting Chapter 2 of the study. This includes the steps required to produce the main profiles of out-of-school children and children at risk of dropping out of school. A ‘profile’ is a group of children in one or more of the 7DE with certain shared…, A young girl trying to solve a math with help from her teacher standing next her, Pakistan. Step 3: Conduct disaggregated data analysis, Disaggregated analysis is the comparison of indicator values for different characteristics or groups, to determine for whom and where the numbers or rates are the highest. Disaggregated data analysis is crucial to determine the key profiles of children, adolescents and youth out of school and at risk of dropping out. This is the analysis of…, irst day of school at Birere Primary School in Goma, DR Congo. Step 4: Analyse the flow of children in and out of the education system, Analysts are also advised to present complete profiles of children who left school early by identifying at what level and grade they left school. Step 4 enhances the findings in Steps 1, 2 and 3 by considering interaction with the education system over time to understand school exclusion. This step looks at the constriction in flows of children…, In a clean,bright child-friendly school environment, a girl figures out a math problem at Doujiang Township Primary School, China. Step 5: Cumulative risk analysis and other multivariate analyses, The data to develop profiles of children in the 7DE can be analysed using multivariate regression models. Such models are used to identify the strongest determinants of being out of school or dropping out, among the range of individual, household, community and school characteristics. Cumulative risk analysis (CRA) refers to the usage of simple…, Class 7 students of Bihdia Adarsha High School during a class in Bihdia, Assam, India. Step 6: Identify key profiles of out-of-school children and children at risk of dropping out, The OOSCI profiles chapter should present a synthesis of the most important characteristics and information about the children in the 7DE. This will form the basis for the barriers analysis and the focus for policies and strategies. For each dimension of exclusion, the chapter should clearly explain: who is most likely to be out of school or at…, Related resources
07 June 2023

Updated OOSCI Operational Manual

The Global Out-of-School Children Initiative (OOSCI) Operational Manual is both a how-to guide for teams conducting an OOSCI study, and a resource guide for the broader education community concerned with equity and inclusion. For teams conducting an OOSCI study, it presents an innovative and systematic approach to determine the best policies and strategies to reduce exclusion in education. It provides guidance on the analysis of multiple data sources to calculate the number and profiles of children, adolescents and youth out of school and at risk of dropping out. The Manual also provides methodology to identify the supply, demand, quality and governance barriers these children face in accessing and completing their education. For the broader education community, the Manual can be used as a toolkit, with a wide range of valuable analysis approaches, practical tools and resources relating to: education data, specific profiles of out-of-school children, barriers to education, as well as policies and responses. The Manual provides valuable guidance for policy-makers, researchers or other education stakeholders who are developing documents, policies or advocacy related to out-of-school children and children at risk of dropping out. The Operational Manual was revised in 2023 to reflect recent advances in statistical methodology and policy analysis, as well as to address global agreements and issues (ex. SDG4, COVID). The 2023 Manual also reflects the findings of the 2018 Formative Evaluation, partner stakeholder consultations and a review of previous OOSCI studies.
10 December 2020

Jordan Country Report on Out-of-School Children

This report is a joint product of the Ministry of Education (MOE) and UNICEF in Jordan, drawing on the framework of the Global Out-of-School Children Initiative. The research reveals notable sector achievements and challenges associated with vulnerable children who are out of school and at risk of dropping out countrywide. The analysis shows that the national out-of-school rate for primary-school aged children (6-11 years) has not increased since 2014. This is a remarkable achievement by the MOE and its sector partners, given that Jordan has welcomed over 660,000 Syrian refugees since 2011.However, it also shows that disparities by gender, geography and nationality remain persistent in access to basic education. A total of 112,016 children in Jordan are not attending Grades 1 to 10. More than 50,640 Syrians, 39,830 Jordanians and 21,530 children of other nationalities are estimated to be out of school. Nationally, out-of-school rates are higher for boys than for girls, with the exception of Jordanians in the 6-11 age group, where girls have a higher out-of-school rate than boys. The report offers a range of analytics and insights, such as enrolment trends, profiles of out-of-school children, econometric analysis, barriers to schooling, and contextualised policy recommendations. These findings, underpinned by quantitative data, are envisaged to stimulate education policy dialogue amongst stakeholders and strengthen evidence-informed and equity-focused education planning and programming. We hope that the report helps government and partners to better target and support the most vulnerable children for inclusive and equitable quality education.