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Facts about Education in Africa

This is a list of statistics and insights about the facts on the education system in Africa. Horribly huge numbers show the desperate gender disparity, literacy and primary education issues.  In the next blog post I am going to list ways on how it can be improved from inside the country and outside the borders.

  1. Africa has the highest illiteracy rate in the world, that is because of educational exclusion. 1/5 of children between ages of primary school (6-11) and 1/3 of teenagers are not in the educational system.
  2. Around 60% of sub-Saharan African children from fifteen to seventeen years old are not attending any classes.
  3. Percentages show that, by gender, girls are not being educated more than boys. 9 million girls are never going to have an opportunity to learn anything in school. For boys the number is at 6 million. There is a 3 million gap between genders.
  4. There is a texting program in South Africa which is called Mom-connect. It provides information about education relating to health insurance and health care in general. The program connects women together with other women. Women are working in health care with other girls who have concerns regarding issues relating to their family or health. This app helps to minimize the gap which is in the educational system.
  5. Only 1/4 of pre-primary school teachers have the most needed training because they are dealing with developing human beings and their personalities. 50% of teachers from the secondary education have just basic training, not even a qualified one.
  6. LEGO foundation and UNICEF have partnered together and are developing a training system which will be a platform that is going to reach at least 150 thousand of teachers in South Africa.
  7. It is possible to decrease maternal mortality rate with help of education. Statistics show that it can decrease by up to seventy percent if every girl will receive primary education.
  8. The rate for enrollment in sub-Saharan regions is the lowest, only 8%. Southern Asia has 23% enrollment rate and it is second in this table. The average rate is 34 percent. The difference is huge.
  9. 1.9 million teachers are still needed to fill the existing classrooms in whole of Africa for children to receive primary education. Because the sub-Saharan Africa region has the lowest scores and rates in regard to education, it itself requires 1.1 million teachers.
  10. Literacy rates based on genders show that it is of course lower for females. UNESCO states that in Ghana, males have at least 2 years more of education than women. These gender disparity ratings are the highest issue in Africa, based on culture mostly. This is not just about rural areas, but also urban ones too.

These are just a couple of facts from only little pieces of information available. There are studies that show that school enrollment rates in eleven African countries in just 13 years have decreased by around 20%. UNESCO has issued a warning that without urgent action, this situation may become worse and worse, because all regions are facing huge demands for growing population of children who need to attend school.