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The Economic Cost of Out-Of-School Children in Southeast Asia

Presents statistical data of out-of-school children, abstaining from primary education in Southeast Asia, covering Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. Includes children born in poverty or in remote areas, disabled children, migrant and stateless children, and ethnic minorities. Analyzes economic cost associated with out-of-school children, covering projections on economic lost in the future as a percentage of GDP due to their lack of primary education, and income gap caused by education-income relation. Mentions the urgency of enrolling the out-of-school children, and suggestions on strategies to improve the enrollment.