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What is Flexible Learning Strategies?
FLS is an umbrella term for the provision of flexible, systematic and rights-based interventions. They adapt to context-specific barriers and sensitivities often overlooked in traditional systems, by acknowledging the range of circumstances and needs of OOSC.
Who do Flexible Learning Strategies Target?
Due to multiple barriers, many children and youth particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds face difficulties to enter school and drop out before completing compulsory schooling. Initially based largely on school enrollment, exclusion is equally present for children most at risk within school systems. Educational barriers range from deeply-rooted inequalities such as gender, wealth, ethnicity and location preventing more children from enrolling, staying, learning and actively participating in formal schooling systems.
Who is excluded from basic education?
57 million children of primary school age currently remain excluded from formal education globally. Of these 18 million primary school-aged children are out-of-school in the Asia-Pacific region. This figure makes up approximately one third of the total OOSC count globally. Furthermore, these numbers are likely to be an underestimate. In depth country studies led by UNICEF and UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS) for the Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children (OOSCI) indicate much larger values.