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Harmonizing the Definitions of Out Of School Children in India (OOSCI)

The South Asia regional study in 2014, prepared as part of the Global Initiative on Out-of-School-Children (OOSCI) initiated by UNICEF and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) in 2010, states that South Asia is facing challenges with the high number of children being denied schooling. The numbers of out-of-school children (OOSC) in the region remain staggering despite efforts towards universal primary and basic education.

Moreover, discrepancies arise in the number and rate of out-of-school children when comparing estimates from household surveys and administrative records, and also between different household surveys. Triangulating estimates from both administrative data and multiple household surveys, therefore, becomes a crucial step to get a better indication of the extent of school exclusion. A critical use of multiple data sources is an important way for policy and decision-making to be more evidence-based, nuanced and effective.

Based on the objective outlined above, this UIS-commissioned study endeavours to:

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