Expansion of Basic Education

Sharing a bicycle to school, Burkina Faso

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Sharing a bicycle to school, Burkina Faso

The concept of basic education has evolved to include lower secondary education. However, the 79 per cent global enrolment ratio in lower secondary still falls behind that of primary level (107 per cent*).

The Basic Education in Africa Programme seeks to help countries in the region to improve their educational policies and curricula in a holistic manner. It suggests a minimum of nine years basic education stressing the development of skills and competencies for the world of work.

*The global gross enrolment ratio can exceed 100 per cent due to early or late entry and/or grade repetition (from EFA Global Monitoring Report 2008).

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