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56 million+ have no primary schooling

2012-10-16 14:22

Johannesburg - Over 56 million young people in sub-Saharan Africa have not completed primary school and lack basic skills for employment, according to a report released on Tuesday.

These young people are aged between 15 and 24.

The African leg of the United Nations Global Monitoring Report on Education was released by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in Soweto.

"In sub-Saharan Africa about 30 million [children] are still missing out on primary school and 22 million are out of secondary school, missing out on vital skills for future employment."

Women were the hardest hit.

In eight African countries, over nine out of ten young women in rural areas had not completed lower secondary school.

There was a dire need to increase funding to fix the skills deficit.

The report calculated that on top of the US$16bn needed annually to achieve universal lower education by 2015, it would cost US$8bn in aid to achieve universal lower education.

"Re-allocation of aid could help to fill the funding gap."

This is the 10th Unesco-backed Education for All report on the global state of education and skills.

Comments
  • peterpeter.pumkineater.5 - 2012-10-16 14:29

    But that is fine surely? The whites are off the land and countries are ruined by civil war etc...so is this a complaint or a boast?

      Andrea - 2012-10-16 14:54

      Yip, they certainly have their resources back! But now they are begging again ...

      watsongeorgejan - 2012-10-16 16:58

      The question you should be asking yourself is, who is sponsoring those acts of civil strife? Who provides all that artillery (sometimes in the hands of child soldiers) to destabilize Africa?

      claudia.meads - 2012-10-16 17:59

      watsongeorgejan, It is ALWAYS someone else's fault - like an alcohilic you lot are, always blaming others, yet YOU remain drunk and delusional...

  • Alan - 2012-10-16 14:33

    And here, the main reason is they "ben" the schools if they have a gripe.

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-10-16 14:34

    Making sure the masses don't get educated is a common African policy

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-16 14:39

      Wouldnt matter, they can always go into government service, you dont need any education to do that.

      beryl.knipe - 2012-10-16 15:55

      Why? Dr Gonzo? Why is it a common African policy? WHO doesn't want anyone to be educated and for what reason?

      alistair.parkinson - 2012-10-16 22:23

      I think you miss the point Beckie......

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-16 14:47

    Many many centuries ago the various tribes would deal in slavery with the Arabs, for various reasons one of which was getting rid of the preferred ruler or heir - it does not seem as though they have progressed into the 21st century, but there again women and children have always been used as slaves or cannon fodder of one kind or another in Africa. It seems as though faction fighting has just gone in the 21st century whereas mentality is the same. Mankind in Africa has an overwhelming ego. It is not a joy to be born a female in Africa, as you will be used and abused.

  • simon.pearce.790 - 2012-10-16 15:03

    Ask Mugabe, Zoomer etc why?

  • richard.bosmano - 2012-10-16 15:54

    My brothers maid died of aids(she slept around like a who..),we took in her son and paid for his school fees,at a former model C school. Finished st5 and dropped out."Ish,i don't need to go to school,i am going to be a proffesional soccer player." Needless to say the PSL has enough rubbish players with two left feet. I think he's selling pot(maryjane) now,guess that makes him perfect to be president of the ancyl and future president of the anc one day

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-10-16 15:54

    So who's fault is that? There will never be enough of anything if people cannot learn a simple, straightforward rule: IF I CANNOT FEED ONE CHILD, I MUSTN'T HAVE ANY MORE!

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-16 16:38

    I think it has more to do with promiscuity and lack of cognitive ability to recognise there are consequences to 'putting pipe', by those populations who suffer most according to these stats. Blaming anything else is illogical because the said populations were already exploding at the beginning of the last century.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-10-16 16:44

    Ah, if only they get more funding, they will be smarter. See, money will fix it.

  • Erna - 2012-10-16 17:09

    Including the president. How's that for setting an example?

  • tommy.hains2 - 2012-10-16 18:46

    Ahmmmmm there is a simple solution to this problem as well as the poverty problem. Stop having children. The world is over populated people are fighting for resources dying of hunger yet no one has the balls to stand up and say stop the Madness of having kids. One day soon we all gonna pay for this madness. It is selfish to bring a child into the world when one can't feed itself. Stop blaming others for the wrongs of selfish people. Blame the parents who had these kids.

  • tommy.hains2 - 2012-10-16 18:46

    Ahmmmmm there is a simple solution to this problem as well as the poverty problem. Stop having children. The world is over populated people are fighting for resources dying of hunger yet no one has the balls to stand up and say stop the Madness of having kids. One day soon we all gonna pay for this madness. It is selfish to bring a child into the world when one can't feed itself. Stop blaming others for the wrongs of selfish people. Blame the parents who had these kids.

  • grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-10-16 20:16

    The begging bowl is out but the children will not get educated. African governments want the population ignorant so they have a voter base. A good example is SA : who would vote ANC if they could read and use the internet?

  • archangel.zerachiel - 2012-10-16 21:37

    And how many are earning 100K + per month?? The actual numbers (hordes) would shock you ...

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-17 08:06

    If you are talking about the population growth in Africa then there are 2 ways you can deal with it. One is go the Chinese route and allow for 2 children only (can you see that happening in Africa - yeah right) and the second way is to put contraceptives in the drinking water (but that really takes balls and that is sadly missing in Africa)

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