Organisation Aide et Action International

I COUNT

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Organisation Aide et Action International

Geneva, Genève, Switzerland

http://www.aide-et-action.org

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Project Summary

Simple support helped Achariya in Cambodia, Aditi in India and Mariame in Ivory Coast to avail relevant documents (birth registration certificate, disability certificate) that helped them join school. Unfortunately, today, about 262 million Children and youth are still denied schooling due to lack of appropriate support, as per UNESCO's statistics. This includes 64 million Children of primary school age, "the last 5% Out of School Children", which Aide et Action focuses on in the I Count Project.Historically, the key reasons for Children remaining out of school were denial of ‘Identity’ and ‘Dignity’, restricting of Civil and Social Rights and ‘Poverty’, due to denial of Economic Rights. Currently, the shift in attention towards quality education for in-school children is keeping these 5% children out of school, a figure which has remained unchanged in the last 5 years. Our solution helps build and institutionalize simple support systems ensuring Education for All.

Problem Statement

Despite global efforts towards Education for underprivileged Children, an alarming 64 million Children of primary school age, still remain out of school. AEA has found Identity, Dignity and Poverty are the Key Barriers to Education especially for these 5% Out of School. Prejudice against Girl Education, Disability, profession and Health based stigma (eg. Children of Manual Scavengers and Sex workers, infected and affected by HIV and AIDS), ethnic or minority status, also lead to Out of School Children. Poverty significantly affects access to Education for the 5%, ownership and control over resources, capacity to explore alternate incomes, which result in deprioritizing Education. Lack of awareness, accessibility of support systems and limited capability of Parents further restrict Children from school. Complex procedures limiting or denying access to entitlements and documents establishing identity (Birth and Disability Certificates, Migrant and Refugee Status, etc.) also lead to exclusion of Children.Based on experience, we find four leverage points bring change: integrating cost effective and accessible Technologies and tools like mobile phones for Birth Registration or counselling support; Awareness and Capacity Building of Parents, Caretakers and Teachers to access entitlements and provide timely essential support for Children; Poverty reduction through improved traditional and alternative Livelihoods which assist enrollment and uninterrupted Education of Children; Institutionalizing of the solution with support of Governance Bodies.

Solution Overview

Our solution addresses Poverty and breaks the barriers excluding Children from schooling. The project ensures inclusion of all Actors to the Project and provides livelihood, digital, data-driven and people friendly tools. In 5 years, AEA will identify, register and enroll 380,000 Children, and 75,000 Youth and Young Adults. In the 6 Project locations, the average Family structure consists of 5 people. Thus, the second level beneficiaries targeted by AEA amounts to 1,900,000 persons. This includes Caregivers, Teachers, Governance Bodies Members and State Officers, co-opted to ensure the success and sustainability within and outside the Project locations.AEA also highlights Children’s global educational needs triggering attention and support for action. Giving Secondary Level Beneficiaries access to existing systems, procedures and other supportive entitlements, will enable them to enroll Children in school, provide follow up and make sure they are not left out in the future. Through personalized support, Families are made aware of their Children’s Rights, assisted to develop new skills and additional income to ensure uninterrupted Education for their Children.Key performance indicators and data collection respectful of privacy are used to measure progress including increase of birth registrations, access and retention school rates, number of marginalized Girls enrolled, Governance Bodies and Public schools involved in school enrollment. The project Strategy leads to Institutionalizing the Solution and its replication to benefit a larger number of beneficiaries. It will assist targeted countries in meeting SDG commitments by benefiting from a workable, proven, impactful, sustainable model, replicable everywhere.

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