Spotlight report series

Overview

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. It will conduct analyses on the current situation and on the steps taken towards achieving universal basic education completion and foundational learning in Africa to ensure this issue is on top of policymakers’ agendas.

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