NEPAL is part of the Global Initiative on Out-ofSchool Children launched by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Institute for Statistics (UIS) in 2010.
The goal of the initiative is to “identify the barriers that are keeping children out of school or pushing them out before they have completed a full course of basic education”, and to “reveal gaps in data and research, inform policies to reduce exclusion from education, and form the basis for follow-up activities” (UNICEF & UIS, 2016, p.8). The initiative has country, regional and global dimensions and aims to achieve results that will stimulate research, action and capacity development. Nepal is among the second cohort of countries that joined this initiative.
Two types of data sources are primarily used in this report – administrative data and household surveys. The administrative data source was the FLASH Reports of the Department of Education (DoE) 2011-2012 – 2014-2015. The major household
survey data sources were Census 2011, National Living Standards Survey (NLSS) 2011, and Annual Health Survey (AHS) 2014 carried out by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) of Nepal, and the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2014
carried out by CBS with the support of UNICEF.