30 million out-of-school children in Sub-Saharan Africa

by Developed Africa 19. June 2014 09:00

This week UNICEF and UNESCO both published reports which declare that 30 million children in sub-Saharan Africa are not attending school due to poverty and conflict.

About 30 million primary school-aged children in sub-Saharan Africa are not in class, partially because of conflict and poverty, and progress to get them back to school has stalled, two U.N. agencies said."

The reports were released on the "Day of the African Child", with evidence that progress that was being made since the turn of the century to achieve universal primary education (and UN Millenium Development Goal) started to stall from 2008.

There are many aspects to the problem of getting children into school across sub-Saharan Africa: more facilities, teachers, classrooms, and equipment are necessary, but all of this sometimes still doesn't lead to more children at school desks. It is often the fact that impoverished families cannot afford to send their children to school. The UN agencies also pin-pointed certain circumstances that make it even harder for children to attend:

The Global Initiative on Out of School Children reports reveal that opportunities to go to school are significantly reduced if the child is a girl, lives in a poor family, is from a rural area or is head of a household."

There was mention by the Director of UNESCO's East African office that "special efforts" will be needed to lessen the financial pressure on families. A renewed call for donors and governments to focus on providing free education in order for children from all areas to be able to receive an education. 

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