Children out of school, primary - Country Ranking

Definition: Children out of school are the number of primary-school-age children not enrolled in primary or secondary school.

Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (http://uis.unesco.org/)

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 China 13,744,570.00 1997
2 Nigeria 8,615,770.00 2010
3 Pakistan 5,974,052.00 2018
4 Dem. Rep. Congo 4,762,613.00 1999
5 India 2,887,748.00 2013
6 Sudan 2,443,016.00 2017
7 Ethiopia 2,306,559.00 2015
8 Afghanistan 1,979,198.00 1993
9 Tanzania 1,895,125.00 2018
10 Indonesia 1,555,014.00 2018
11 Kenya 1,381,464.00 2012
12 Mali 1,343,000.00 2018
13 Niger 1,241,317.00 2017
14 Somalia 821,026.00 1980
15 Bangladesh 803,773.00 2010
16 Angola 773,837.00 2011
17 Burkina Faso 689,266.00 2018
18 Chad 674,855.00 2016
19 Yemen 649,902.00 2016
20 Senegal 585,518.00 2017
21 South Africa 567,591.00 2017
22 Haiti 545,942.00 1997
23 Syrian Arab Republic 523,049.00 2013
24 Zambia 495,692.00 2017
25 Guinea 425,413.00 2016
26 Philippines 424,228.00 2017
27 Mozambique 353,839.00 2018
28 Uganda 328,897.00 2013
29 Venezuela 324,992.00 2017
30 Iraq 322,414.00 2007
31 Turkey 273,461.00 2017
32 Jordan 264,821.00 2018
33 Central African Republic 252,222.00 2012
34 Guatemala 246,375.00 2018
35 Côte d'Ivoire 241,575.00 2018
36 Eritrea 238,210.00 2017
37 Honduras 214,406.00 2017
38 Cameroon 192,130.00 2016
39 Cambodia 186,109.00 2018
40 Liberia 159,479.00 2017
41 Ghana 153,986.00 2018
42 Ukraine 136,260.00 2014
43 Mauritania 129,168.00 2018
44 Bolivia 118,356.00 2017
45 Burundi 114,262.00 2018
46 Myanmar 112,231.00 2017
47 Romania 104,345.00 2016
48 El Salvador 102,738.00 2017
49 Nepal 101,223.00 2017
50 Mexico 97,717.00 2017
51 United States 96,121.00 2017
52 Thailand 93,542.00 2009
53 Papua New Guinea 86,115.00 2016
54 Paraguay 86,111.00 2012
55 Colombia 84,250.00 2018
56 Equatorial Guinea 83,611.00 2015
57 Rwanda 81,300.00 2018
58 Egypt 77,552.00 2018
59 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 75,315.00 2015
60 Spain 74,969.00 2017
61 Congo 73,737.00 2012
62 Italy 71,841.00 2017
63 Saudi Arabia 67,693.00 2013
64 Madagascar 66,840.00 2018
65 Korea 66,235.00 2017
66 Lao PDR 65,377.00 2018
67 The Gambia 65,020.00 2018
68 Guinea-Bissau 64,225.00 2010
69 Dominican Republic 61,774.00 2017
70 Poland 59,793.00 2017
71 Panama 58,658.00 2017
72 Puerto Rico 57,625.00 2016
73 Brazil 54,096.00 2017
74 Benin 50,858.00 2018
75 Peru 47,585.00 2018
76 Malawi 43,648.00 2009
77 Jamaica 42,794.00 2018
78 Botswana 36,284.00 2014
79 Eswatini 35,890.00 2017
80 Chile 33,899.00 2017
81 Djibouti 30,090.00 2019
82 Bulgaria 29,488.00 2016
83 Nicaragua 28,180.00 2010
84 Azerbaijan 24,803.00 2018
85 Togo 22,328.00 2018
86 Kuwait 21,578.00 2017
87 Ecuador 21,217.00 2017
88 United Kingdom 20,508.00 2017
89 Argentina 18,743.00 2017
90 Comoros 17,935.00 2017
91 Uzbekistan 17,322.00 2018
92 Iran 16,911.00 2017
93 Germany 16,643.00 2017
94 Gabon 16,293.00 1997
95 Cuba 15,680.00 2018
96 Algeria 14,211.00 2018
97 Moldova 13,954.00 2018
98 Kazakhstan 13,169.00 2018
99 Slovak Republic 12,554.00 2017
100 Sri Lanka 12,419.00 2017
101 Libya 12,385.00 1983
102 Zimbabwe 11,796.00 2013
103 Armenia 11,426.00 2018
104 Tunisia 11,036.00 2013
105 Netherlands 11,016.00 2017
106 Malaysia 10,381.00 2017
107 Hungary 9,986.00 2017
108 Oman 8,733.00 2018
109 Suriname 8,601.00 2018
110 Russia 8,523.00 2017
111 The Bahamas 8,399.00 2016
112 Hong Kong SAR, China 8,187.00 2018
113 Greece 8,147.00 2017
114 Morocco 7,804.00 2018
115 Timor-Leste 7,728.00 2018
116 Bhutan 7,456.00 2018
117 Lesotho 7,408.00 2017
118 Lebanon 7,118.00 1974
119 Australia 7,031.00 2017
120 North Macedonia 6,141.00 2015
121 Sierra Leone 6,104.00 2016
122 Belarus 5,544.00 2018
123 Solomon Islands 4,351.00 2018
124 Finland 4,187.00 2017
125 Tajikistan 4,181.00 2017
126 Albania 4,085.00 2018
127 Cabo Verde 3,973.00 2018
128 Serbia 3,815.00 2018
129 Portugal 3,662.00 2017
130 Vanuatu 3,300.00 2015
131 France 3,173.00 2017
132 Canada 2,753.00 2017
133 Croatia 2,636.00 2016
134 United Arab Emirates 2,574.00 2016
135 Qatar 2,511.00 2018
136 Georgia 2,434.00 2018
137 Israel 2,210.00 2017
138 Belgium 2,164.00 2017
139 Mongolia 2,151.00 2018
140 Estonia 2,142.00 2017
141 São Tomé and Principe 2,100.00 2017
142 Sweden 1,876.00 2017
143 Latvia 1,854.00 2017
144 Czech Republic 1,847.00 2017
145 Guyana 1,732.00 2012
146 Trinidad and Tobago 1,509.00 2010
147 Kyrgyz Republic 1,414.00 2018
148 Bahrain 1,188.00 2018
149 Mauritius 1,156.00 2018
150 Montenegro 1,097.00 2017
151 Denmark 944.00 2017
152 New Zealand 913.00 2017
153 Macao SAR, China 902.00 2018
154 Cyprus 758.00 2015
155 Switzerland 706.00 2017
156 Kiribati 645.00 2017
157 Fiji 576.00 2016
158 Costa Rica 509.00 2018
159 Samoa 387.00 2018
160 Barbados 328.00 2018
161 Belize 302.00 2018
162 Brunei 295.00 2018
162 Malta 295.00 2016
164 Seychelles 269.00 2018
165 Lithuania 247.00 2017
166 Slovenia 225.00 2017
167 St. Lucia 222.00 2018
168 Luxembourg 208.00 2017
169 Tuvalu 178.00 2016
170 Norway 177.00 2017
171 Tonga 163.00 2015
172 Ireland 159.00 2017
173 Austria 149.00 2017
174 San Marino 94.00 2004
175 Singapore 72.00 2017
176 Palau 69.00 2014
177 Antigua and Barbuda 66.00 2018
178 Dominica 61.00 2016
179 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 58.00 2017
180 St. Kitts and Nevis 54.00 2016
181 Nauru 40.00 2016
182 Grenada 25.00 2008
183 Iceland 15.00 2017
184 Liechtenstein 6.00 2016
185 Vietnam 0.00 2013
185 Uruguay 0.00 2016

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Development Relevance: Large numbers of children out of school create pressure to enroll children and provide classrooms, teachers, and educational materials, a task made difficult in many countries by limited education budgets. However, getting children into school is a high priority for countries and crucial for achieving universal primary education.

Limitations and Exceptions: Due to different data sources for enrollment and population data, the number may not capture the actual number of children not attending in primary school.

Other Notes: Data retrieved via API in March 2019. For detailed information on the observation level (e.g. National Estimation, UIS Estimation, or Category not applicable), please visit UIS.Stat (http://data.uis.unesco.org/).

Statistical Concept and Methodology: The number of out-of-school children is calculated by subtracting the number of primary school-age children enrolled in primary or secondary school from the total population of the official primary school-age children. 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: Sum

Periodicity: Annual