07.05.2012 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

New data on school conditions in Africa

School infrastructure is one of the challenges in sub-Saharan Africa - © UNESCO/Anne Müller

How many African schools have potable water, electricity or separate toilets for girls?

What is the average class size in primary schools and to what extent do pupils share textbooks? How many teachers are joining and leaving the workforce in countries across the continent each year?

To better evaluate the challenges facing schools in sub-Saharan Africa, UNESCO's Institute for Statistics (UIS) has developed a new regional data collection to monitor progress on education priorities articulated in the African Union’s Second Decade of Education.

Slideshow and graphics

The data features school-level stats on factors that can have an impact on learning outcomes, such as the number of children per class, access to textbooks and basic services (water, sanitation and electricity).

Available online is a slideshow with some nicely-presented graphics illustrating key findings, as well as an Info Bulletin with full analysis.

Reliable data

The UIS works with regional partners to develop new indicators and data collections designed to support programme design and policy making to improve the quality of education.

These specialized data collections enable participating countries to benchmark progress towards regional education goals by focusing on issues not covered by the regular UIS annual education survey.


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