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Education in Africa

Several countries have revised their secondary and tertiary education curricula to reflect the changes in the future patterns of employment. EFA will be supporting a major conference – the Future of Education and Work in Africa (FEWA) which will be held in October in Nairobi in the presence of several national ministers. FEWA also has the support of the AU which has announced that 2024 is the year of education in Africa. At the AU’s Heads of State meeting in early Feb, the meeting noted that the AU’s “Agenda 2063” calls for “A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development”. This requires that Africa makes significant investments in education with the aim of developing human and social capital through an education and skills revolution emphasizing innovation, science, and technology.

The reality is that, although there has been a substantial increase in the number of African children with access to basic education, a large number still remain out of school. The AU, through its Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA), aims to reorient Africa’s education and training systems to meet the knowledge, competencies, skills, innovation, and creativity required to nurture African core values and promote sustainable development at the national, sub-regional and continental levels. And the AU points out that in 60 years, Africa has made considerable progress in education, with more children finishing school. Primary school completion rates across the region between 2000 and 2022 rose from 52% to 67%. High school dropout rates slowed too, with 50% of pupils completing lower secondary, up from 35%, and 33% in upper secondary education, up from 23%, while the number of tertiary education students has risen from fewer than 800,000 in 1970 to above 17 million today. More girls are in school than ever before.

This link provides more information on FEWA

Alastair Tempest

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