Children out of school, female (% of female primary school age) - Country Ranking

Definition: Children out of school are the percentage of primary-school-age children who are not enrolled in primary or secondary school. Children in the official primary age group that are in preprimary education should be considered out of school.

Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics.

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Somalia 88.69 1980
2 Afghanistan 85.36 1993
3 Dem. Rep. Congo 65.51 1999
4 Liberia 62.90 2014
5 Eritrea 61.54 2013
6 Sudan 43.94 2012
7 Niger 43.13 2014
8 Haiti 43.12 1997
9 Equatorial Guinea 42.13 2012
10 Djibouti 40.10 2014
11 Nigeria 40.03 2010
12 Mali 40.01 2014
13 Central African Republic 37.63 2012
14 Burkina Faso 33.84 2014
15 Pakistan 33.07 2014
16 Guinea-Bissau 32.45 2010
17 Côte d'Ivoire 29.22 2014
18 The Gambia 28.11 2014
19 Guinea 27.76 2014
20 Angola 26.95 2011
21 Chad 25.92 2013
22 Senegal 24.11 2014
23 Mauritania 23.17 2014
24 Madagascar 22.44 2003
25 Yemen 21.75 2013
26 Swaziland 21.68 2013
27 Solomon Islands 20.73 2007
28 Tanzania 17.65 2013
29 Lesotho 17.52 2014
30 St. Kitts and Nevis 17.44 2014
31 Comoros 17.04 2013
32 Guyana 16.43 2012
33 Ethiopia 16.41 2014
34 Papua New Guinea 16.37 2012
35 Antigua and Barbuda 15.25 2014
36 Dominican Republic 14.66 2014
37 Mozambique 14.56 2014
38 Syrian Arab Republic 14.28 2014
39 Lebanon 14.06 2013
40 Iraq 13.41 2007
41 Bolivia 13.02 2013
42 Jordan 12.95 2012
43 Puerto Rico 12.65 2013
44 Macedonia 12.42 2012
45 Macao SAR, China 12.36 1992
46 Kenya 11.99 2012
47 Benin 11.80 2011
48 Guatemala 11.14 2014
49 Paraguay 10.95 2012
50 Ghana 10.52 2014
51 China 10.39 1997
52 Togo 10.21 2014
53 Cameroon 10.19 2014
54 Zimbabwe 10.03 2012
55 Zambia 9.97 2013
56 Bhutan 9.74 2014
57 Moldova 9.38 2013
58 Myanmar 9.24 2014
59 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 9.11 2014
60 Gabon 8.90 1997
61 Romania 8.87 2012
62 Libya 8.86 1978
63 Suriname 8.21 2014
64 Botswana 7.99 2013
65 Namibia 7.84 2013
66 Barbados 7.53 2014
67 Chile 7.52 2013
68 Turkey 7.40 2013
69 United States 7.37 2013
70 St. Lucia 7.19 2007
71 San Marino 7.10 2012
72 Venezuela 6.86 2014
73 Cuba 6.48 2014
74 Cambodia 6.35 2014
75 South Africa 6.25 2005
76 Jamaica 6.24 2004
77 Indonesia 6.23 2013
78 Uzbekistan 6.11 2011
79 Nepal 6.03 2014
80 Georgia 6.03 2007
81 Belarus 5.85 2014
82 Malta 5.84 2014
83 Lao PDR 5.67 2014
84 Azerbaijan 5.55 2014
85 Montenegro 5.46 2012
86 Austria 5.11 1989
87 Saudi Arabia 5.05 2014
88 Mongolia 5.01 2014
89 Honduras 4.84 2014
90 Albania 4.75 2013
91 Seychelles 4.73 2014
92 São Tomé and Principe 4.73 2014
93 Uganda 4.73 2013
94 Qatar 4.69 2011
95 Belize 4.55 2014
96 Thailand 4.31 2009
97 Peru 4.29 2014
98 Malawi 4.10 2007
99 El Salvador 4.03 2013
100 Hungary 3.94 2013
101 Korea 3.90 2014
102 Panama 3.88 2013
103 Luxembourg 3.88 2013
104 Costa Rica 3.64 2014
105 United Arab Emirates 3.61 2014
106 Algeria 3.57 2008
107 Sri Lanka 3.55 2014
108 Bangladesh 3.49 2010
109 Burundi 3.39 2014
110 Bulgaria 3.38 2014
111 Greece 3.28 2013
112 Congo 3.24 2012
113 Colombia 3.20 2009
114 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 2.99 2009
115 Tajikistan 2.95 2014
116 Egypt 2.91 2012
117 Poland 2.83 2013
118 Oman 2.70 2014
119 Vanuatu 2.65 2004
120 Rwanda 2.61 2013
121 Tonga 2.53 2013
122 Israel 2.48 2013
123 Kyrgyz Republic 2.47 2014
124 Brunei 2.44 1994
125 Ukraine 2.41 2014
126 Ecuador 2.41 2014
127 Mauritius 2.39 2014
128 Australia 2.36 2013
129 Tuvalu 2.27 2014
130 Cyprus 2.21 2014
131 Mexico 2.03 2013
132 Slovenia 1.94 2013
133 Armenia 1.94 2007
134 Samoa 1.90 2014
135 Russia 1.88 2013
136 Tunisia 1.74 2009
137 Fiji 1.63 2013
138 Kiribati 1.62 1989
139 Trinidad and Tobago 1.60 2010
140 Cabo Verde 1.59 2014
141 Grenada 1.58 2013
142 Argentina 1.49 2012
143 New Zealand 1.47 2013
144 India 1.43 2013
145 Sierra Leone 1.32 2012
146 Dominica 1.23 2009
147 Morocco 1.19 2014
148 Philippines 1.19 2013
149 Serbia 1.13 2014
150 Iceland 1.10 2012
151 Latvia 1.08 2013
152 The Bahamas 1.05 2009
153 Portugal 1.00 2013
154 Denmark 0.99 2013
155 Hong Kong SAR, China 0.94 2014
156 Uruguay 0.86 2009
157 Netherlands 0.85 2013
158 Italy 0.78 2013
159 Kuwait 0.70 2013
160 Belgium 0.61 2013
161 Estonia 0.57 2013
162 Timor-Leste 0.55 2014
163 Croatia 0.44 2012
164 Kazakhstan 0.40 2014
165 Ireland 0.39 2013
166 Switzerland 0.38 2012
167 France 0.36 2013
168 Nicaragua 0.29 2010
169 United Kingdom 0.27 2012
170 Spain 0.26 2013
171 Sweden 0.24 2013
172 Finland 0.20 2013
173 Norway 0.18 2013
174 Bahrain 0.18 1999
175 Iran 0.17 2007
176 Canada 0.15 1999
177 Lithuania 0.15 2013
178 Japan 0.05 2013

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Limitations and Exceptions: The administrative data used in the calculation of the rate of out-of-school children are based on enrolment at a specific date which can bias the results by either counting enrolled children who never attend school or by omitting those who enroll after the reference date for reporting enrolment data. Furthermore, children who drop out of school after the reference date are not counted as out of school. Discrepancies between enrolment and population data from different sources can also result in over- or underestimates of the rate. Lastly, the international comparability of this indicator can be affected by the use of different concepts of enrolment and out-of-school children across countries.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: The rate of out-of-school children allows to compare across countries with different population sizes. It shows the share of official primary-school-age children who never attended school or dropped out to the population of official primary school age. Data on education are collected by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics from official responses to its annual education survey. All the data are mapped to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) to ensure the comparability of education programs at the international level. The current version was formally adopted by UNESCO Member States in 2011. Population data are drawn from the United Nations Population Division. Using a single source for population data standardizes definitions, estimations, and interpolation methods, ensuring a consistent methodology across countries and minimizing potential enumeration problems in national censuses. The reference years reflect the school year for which the data are presented. In some countries the school year spans two calendar years (for example, from September 2010 to June 2011); in these cases the reference year refers to the year in which the school year ended (2011 in the example).

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: Relevance to gender indicator: It has been well known that more girls are out of school than boys which has been shown to be nefarious to a country’s social and economic health.