Beyond the figures, what do we know about the excluded?

Research on out-of-school children suggests that many countries are now promoting access to school but not ensuring decent education quality. Why?Once you identify who the excluded are and why they are not in school, strategies can be developed to get them into school and keep them there. The challenge is to implement policies and practices to overcome the sources of exclusion. It is necessary to look at what happens in and out of school – from children’s daily reality in their homes and communities to what happens when they go to school: what they are actually learning and in what conditions.