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Friday, November 20, 2009

Primary school enrollment in Africa for girls

Primary school enrollment in Africa is among the lowest in the world. Limited funds and a lack of adequate teachers, classrooms, and learning materials adversely affect the educational environment throughout most of Africa.

Out-of-school children in sub-Saharan

Primary school enrollment in Africa for girls

Africa, girls account for a majority of the approximately 33 million primary school-aged children who are not enrolled in school. Educational programs emphasize relevant content, institutional capacity building, and the long-term sustainability of the partnerships between African institutions and American counterparts.

Six American universities that serve mainly minorities are collaborating with African Ministries of Education, universities, and various local nongovernmental organizations to develop and produce textbooks and learning materials that fulfill the priority needs of the host country's educational system.

Out-of-school children in sub-Saharan

In 2009, sub-Saharan Africa was home to 21.6 million, or 30 percent, of all lower secondary school-age children who are out of school worldwide. Within the region, 40 percent of all lower secondary school-age girls and 33 percent of boys were out of school.

Female teachers in sub-Saharan Africa

The percentage of female teachers in primary schools varies widely: In Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa in 2007 around 78 percent of primary school teachers were women, compared to 33 percent in Comoros and 34 percent in Mozambique. In secondary school, 50 percent or more of the teachers were women in 6 out of 13 countries.

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