Back to school: not for everyone

According to the latest UNESCO report, released on September 1, 2022, 244 million children and youth are not able to go to school. More than 40% of these out-of-school children and youth, or 98 million of them, live in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in Nigeria (20.2 million) and Ethiopia (10.5 million). This is also the case in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has an estimated 5.9 million out-of-school children and youth. The region with the second highest out-of-school population is Central and South Asia, with 85 million children.
Let's do something against this injustice. Education is a right, let's claim it!
Here are some examples of barriers to education (at the right):

  • Poverty

    Did you know that?

    While poverty is often the reason for not accessing education, access to education significantly reduces poverty. Lack of food, lack of access to care, lack of financial means to pay school fees are all factors influencing children’s lack of schooling.

  • Being a girl

    Did you know that ?

    Being a girl drastically reduces the chances of access to education. Even more so being a daughter of a poor family living in rural Africa. The weight of traditions, housework, early marriage and pregnancy are determining factors.

  • Lack of infrastructure

    Did you know that?

    Many children do not go to school because there is none or it is too far away. Overcrowded classes, lack of school equipment and transport, lack of sanitary facilities, lack of teachers are some of the problems discouraging schooling.

  • Handicap

    Did you know that ?

    Children with disabilities in a developing country have only a 10% chance of going to school. Shame related to disability, discrimination, lack of means of transport, inadequate school infrastructure and teachers not trained to welcome students with disabilities make their schooling very difficult.

  • Conflicts

    Did you know that?

    27 million children living in conflict zones do not go to school. Some because they are refugees and no longer have access to education. Others because, often targeted, schools have been destroyed, are used for other purposes or because teachers have been killed or have fled.


    Global education - explaining why 244 million children and young people have no access to education

    The comeback of LEKOLI !

    a board game on access to education in Africa

    In 2012, CSI created a board game about access to education in Africa. The game was a huge success. Last year, the global education team reworked all the LEKOLI materials, both content and form, and an English translation was added. We are pleased to announce that the printing of the "large model" and "small model" games is now underway! Lekoli is designed both as a family game, and as a basic tool for animation or further reflection on topics related to access to education. The game touches on many concepts and the game is even more enriching when preceded or followed by a discussion with the children.

    A great way to combine learning and play!

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    CSI Luxembourg is a State-recognised NGO, which has been supporting disadvantaged and marginalised people since 1989 by launching tangible projects which aim at helping them out of poverty and which offer them better future prospects.

    In addition to the development cooperation, which concentrates mainly on educational projects, CSI is also active in the field of "Global Education". This means that we organize awareness workshops in primary schools. Access to education is the focus of these workshops.

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