Education is the greatest investment for a nation to facilitate quick development in all facets of her life. It is a vital tool for the development of a nation. There is a general consensus all over the world, that education should make the recipients more knowledgeable, skillful and better citizens. Education serves as a tool through which a nation can achieve greatness and improve the standards of living of her citizens. Education is viewed as a key and a prerequisite for national development. It makes individuals discover their potentials and make them contribute meaningfully to the development process. It enables man to fulfill his/her personal goals and to participate in achieving national goals. No education, no development; no development, no nation.
Without urgent action, the situation will likely get worse as the region faces a rising demand for education due to a still growing school age population.
Current Statistics from UNESCO shows that of all regions, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of education exclusion. Over one-fifth of children between the ages of about 6 and 11 are out of school, followed by one-third of youth between the ages of about 12 and 14. According to UIS data, almost 60% of youth between the ages of about 15 and 17 are not in school.
Schools in that Region, lack basic amenities, such as access to electricity, electronic device, potable water, deplorable classroom conditions, unavailability of textbooks, average class sizes and the prevalence of multi-grade classrooms. Seven out of ten countries are facing an acute shortage of qualified teachers.
Education in Sub-Saharan Africa is major priority for Cutting Edge Professional Development in Education.
Girls’ education: Across the region, 9 million girls between the ages of about 6 and 11 will never go to school at all, compared to 6 million boys, according to UIS data. Their disadvantage starts early: 23% of girls are out of primary school compared to 19% of boys. By the time they become adolescents, the exclusion rate for girls is 36% compared to 32% for boys. Girls in Sub-Saharan Africa need the presence of more female teachers who can serve as role models and encourage them to continue their education.
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