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Equitable opportunities for education are a fundamental human right. Article 28 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Articles 13 and 14 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights each enshrine this right.

In that context, primary school net enrolment rates are above 90 per cent in almost every country around the Asia-Pacific region, with some notable exceptions in the Pacific, South and South-West Asia. This impressive achievement indicates that nearly every child enters primary school in most of the countries in the region, despite the remaining challenges countries still face in bringing all children to school.

The aim of this policy paper is: i) to outline why it is important to reduce inequality in educational attainment; ii) to introduce a new way of analysing survey data by identifying the shared circumstances of those “furthest behind”; and iii) to analyse observed inequality by the relative contribution of each circumstance.
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