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Spotlight report series

Basic education completion and foundational learning in Africa

One in five primary school-age children in sub-Saharan Africa are out of school; their number is nearly as high as it was in 1990. Only two in three children in the region complete primary school by age 15. Among those who do, only 3 in 10 achieve the minimum proficiency level in reading, meaning that barely one in five children do so overall.

The Spotlight series is a new partnership between the Global Education Monitoring Report and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), hosted by the African Development Bank.

The first report, Born to Learn, due for launch on 20 October, synthesizes evidence on completion rates and levels of minimum learning proficiency in the continent, informing the debate on national SDG 4 / CESA benchmarks.

It draws on five country reports covering the DRC, Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda and Senegal and a series of case studies from all African regions, which will also be published on 20 October.

The Spotlight Reports aim to present good practices so as to improve foundational learning and offers recommendations on key actions to support policy dialogue through established African Union peer learning mechanisms.

Information brochure: English /  Français‪ /  Português


Request for Proposals:

Spotlight report series country research for the 2023 publications.

Closing date mid-October 2022.