Since its inception, EAC has supported 80 projects in 53 countries including in Angola; Bangladesh; Benin; Burkina Faso; Brazil; Cambodia; Cameroon; Chad; Colombia; Comoros; Cote d'Ivoire; The Democratic Republic of Congo; East Timor; Ethiopia; Ghana; Guinée Bissau; Haiti; India; Indonesia; Iran; Iraq; Jordan; Kenya; Lao PDR; Lebanon; Liberia; Madagascar; Malawi; Malaysia; Mali; Mexico; Myanmar; Nepal; Nigeria; Niger; Pakistan; Philippines; Rwanda; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Africa; S. Sudan; Sudan; Syria; Tanzania; Thailand; Togo; Turkey; Uganda; Vietnam; Yemen; and Zambia.
UNESCO estimates that there are over 59 million OOSC of primary school age around the world, many of whom live in communities where EAC is active. These include:
- Children living in severe poverty and who are often pressured into working instead of going to school in Haiti.
- Children living in rural remote areas far from schooling facilities, such as nomadic populations in Mali.
- Children living in areas where the natural environment is challenging, such as the flood plains of Bangladesh.
- Children, including refugees and IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) living in conflict-affected areas where traditional schools cannot operate, such as Syria and Yemen.
- Children living in densely populated urban areas where schools may be overcrowded and dangerous, such as the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Our Way Forward
Under its long-term target of reaching 10.4 million OOSC (Out of School Children), EAC has committed to engage an additional 1 million children each year through its projects and initiatives. EAC’s Zero Out of School Children Strategy (ZERO), launched in 2019, aims to mobilise a global effort to reduce the number of small but consistent pockets of OOSC populations in select countries to zero. By working with partner countries that have demonstrated their commitment to attaining Universal Primary Education (UPE) for every child, the Strategy ensures access to quality education for their remaining and hardest-to-reach primary OOSC.