Even though the rate of literacy has improved greatly in Africa, the sub-Saharan region still has the highest rates of education exclusion. One-fifth of children between the ages of six and eleven remain out of school, with the one-third of youth aged between 12 and 14 years. In another set of data released by UIS, close to 60% of youths aged between 15 and 17 are not in school. As such, third has made Education in Africa a major priority for the United Nation Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), especially when it comes to girls’ education.Literary Festival and Contemporary Book Culture
In 2012, the UN adopted the Millennium Development Goals for the year 2015, which sought to ensure that by 2015, every child; both boys and girls can complete full course schooling. The same year the Dakar Framework for Action was adopted by the World Education Forum as a commitment to achieve education for all by 2015. Education in Africa facts a lot of challenges like the lack of basic amenities like electricity, potable water, and poor classroom conditions, and so on.Literacy Rate in Africa
Girls’ education is also addressed, especially because more than 9 million girls between the ages of six and eleven have no access to education. According to UIS data, more than 23% of girls drop out of primary school as opposed to 19% of boys that face the same challenge. By the time they are entering adolescence, the rate of illiterate girls rises to 36%, which is 4% higher than the rate of boys.
Education changing the direction of the continent
Education in Africa will change the direction of the continent’s growth. It is going to be the single biggest factor for posterity of the continent, especially with cohesion and prosperity. African is undergoing massive changes in social, economic, political, as well as demographic fronts. With improved education and its access, the continent will become more resilient, equal, as well as more mobile.
In the sub-Saharan region, the enrolment of children to education has increased, but there is still more than need to be done. The change will be more effective if all children can access a decade of basic education to be competent in literacy and numeracy. May more will need to go beyond the basic and secondary education to assure the growth of the continent.
Even as such, there is tangible progress in making education better in Africa. However, more needs to happen if the literacy levels in the continent have to catch up with the rest of the world.