Turkey currently hosts almost 2 million Syrian refugees and is host to the largest number of refugees worldwide. There are approximately 621,000 Syrian school-aged refugee children in Turkey and 394,000 are considered out of school.  Turkey’s response to the Syrian… Read more »


Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, Jordan has served as a safe haven for hundreds of thousands of refugees seeking asylum, taking in 654,141 Syrian refugees, increasing from 120,018 to 490,880 between January and July 2013 alone…. Read more »


The Syrian conflict has caused one of the worst humanitarian disasters in modern times with an unprecedented loss of life and an increasingly long-term impact on the safety and stability of the region. Nowhere is the challenge of extending access… Read more »


Education in Afghanistan has made remarkable progress since 2001. In 2001 only one million children (almost all boys) were enrolled in schools. This year 9.7 million children are enrolled in schools, of whom 40% are girls. The number of schools… Read more »


Bangladesh has made rapid progress toward many of the Education for All (EFA) goals. Enrollment rates have increased along with transition rates from primary to secondary school. Bangladesh’s achievements have been underpinned by political leadership, and by innovative partnerships between… Read more »


Chad is a country of 11 million people and largely rural. The country’s annual average growth rate stands at 3.6 percent. Strong demographic pressure is therefore being exerted on the education system—the school age population is projected to increase by… Read more »

Democratic Republic of Congo

Despite the recurrent instability, the country’s sustained economic growth and political commitment to education offers a unique opportunity to increase access to primary education. The government has already committed to increasing the budget for education to 20 percent of total… Read more »


Ethiopia has made remarkable progress in recent years. Building on sustained economic growth and a strong determination to reduce poverty, the government had invested heavily in improving its education system. Spending on education increased from 11 percent of total spending… Read more »


Haiti is at a critical juncture. It is slowly emerging from a series of external shocks that have interrupted its development for the past five years. In 2007, the Haitian economy was deeply affected by the spike in food and… Read more »


As a direct result of different policies, declarations, and initiatives, India has made tremendous progress in the educational sector. India has gone from 79 percent of primary- school- age children in school in 1999 to 93 percent in 2010. With… Read more »


After a transition to civilian rule in 2011, Myanmar is embarking on a period of extensive political, economic and social reform. The Government-led Comprehensive Education Sector Review (CESR), supported with coordinated technical expertise from over 15 Development Partners, strives to: Develop… Read more »


Nigeria has experienced robust economic growth since 2001. However, the degree to which this economic achievement has had an impact on progress in human development has been low. Today, about 42 percent of primary-school-age children, or roughly 10.5 million, are out… Read more »


The most recent education statistics indicate that in 2011-2 Pakistan had a national primary net enrolment rate of 68%, with 73% for boys and 63% for girls. To accelerate progress towards the MDG target of universal primary education by 2015-16,… Read more »

South Sudan

Recent years have seen some progress toward the Education for All (EFA) goals, with South Sudan’s people demonstrating extraordinary resilience in their efforts to expand learning opportunities for their children. However, South Sudan is facing an education emergency. Africa’s newest… Read more »


In Timor-Leste, a country recovering from years of conflict, 94% of children are enrolled in Cycle 1 and 2 (primary level) of basic education. However, the number is  deceiving as it does not take into account the facts that a)… Read more »


Somalia is in a state of political and social transition; from acute emergency to the early stages of development. Somalia has one of the world’s lowest enrollment rates for primary school-aged children while the number of out-of-school/at-risk children and youth is approximately… Read more »


Yemen has seen significant improvement over the past decade in reducing its out-of-school population. Net enrollment rates increased from 56 percent in 1999 to 76 percent in 2011, but despite this progress the country is still far from achieving universal… Read more »