Getting a quality education is the basis for improving people's living conditions and ensuring sustainable development. Education of children provides the next generation with the opportunity and tools to fight poverty, prevent disease, including AIDS, and achieve a more stable life. Quality education also plays an important role in enhancing tolerance between people and contributes to reducing inequality and building peaceful societies. In the field of education, the priority is the achievement of the 4th Sustainable Development Goal of the UN “Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.”
The Statistics Committee under the Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan annually publishes data on children in Kazakhstan and their access to educational services. According to statistics, which is a powerful tool for shaping and evaluating educational policies, Kazakhstan has made great strides in increasing school enrollment, including women and girls.
Despite the fact that data on children and their access to education are collected on a systematic basis, there is a lack of disaggregated data on the access to education of certain vulnerable groups, such as children with special educational needs. Among them, there is no data on children in migration processes and their access to educational services. Internal and external migration, among a number of other factors, can lead to non-attendance of schools by children, and therefore there is a need to keep statistics on children dropping out of the education system.
Disaggregated data reflecting the situation of vulnerable children will allow the world community and the Republic of Kazakhstan to achieve the common goal of eliminating all types of inequality in education by 2030, thereby ensuring equal access to education and vocational training at all levels for all population groups.