Facts and figures: Sub-Saharan Africa’s education progress and challenges

  • Africa is home to 43% of the world’s out of school children. Nearly 29 million children of primary-school age were not in school in sub-Saharan Africa in 2008 – 54% of them were girls. Many children in the region will remain out of school in 2015
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, 10 million children drop out of primary school every year.
  • About 38% of the region’s adults – 167 million people – still lack basic literacy skills. More than six out of ten are women.
  • Another 1.9 million teachers will be needed in classrooms by 2015 to achieve Universal Primary Education (UPE); 1.1 million of them will be needed in sub-Saharan Africa alone.
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