Africa

Africa is a high priority for UNESCO. Educational financing is especially critical in this region, where there is significant dependence on aid. In addition, as national incomes fall through a reduction in taxes, revenues and remittances, educational progress may stall or even reverse.

Efforts have been made to mobilize assistance from development partners (including through the EFA Fast Track Initiative) to meet the EFA and MDG Goals, and to prioritize reforms to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of available resources.

On the household level, the implications of the crisis are potentially devastating. There may be an increase in the already large number of households which are unable to afford the school fees and hidden costs such as uniforms, books and transport. This may increase education drop-out rates and affect learning outcomes.

The teaching profession has been particularly affected by the crisis, which could have negative consequences on the number and quality of teachers employed in the region. Teacher recruitment and training are subject to financing by governments, and may therefore be affected. UNESCO, through the work of the BREDA – Pole de Dakar office, participates in the study of education financing, particularly concerning teachers.

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