Facts on Education in Africa

In research for AIA, I’ve been finding some really powerful statistics about Africa, and it seems to mean that it all leads back to primary education. That’s why I believe in our cause so much- because I think education is the key to helping poverty and the AIDS epidemic in Africa. Read on…

• Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region in the world where poverty has increased in the past 25 years.
• 32 of the world’s 38 heavily indebted poor countries are in Africa.
• Half the population of Africa lives on less than US $1 a day.
Slums are home to 72% of urban Africa’s citizens.
• Primary school enrollment in African countries is among the lowest in the world.
33 million primary school-aged children in Sub-Saharan Africa do not go to school. 18 million of these children are girls.
• In Sub-Saharan Africa, only two-thirds of children who start primary school reach the final grade.
• Although literacy rates have greatly improved in Africa over the last few decades, approximately 40% of Africans over the age of 15, and 50% of women above the age of 25 are illiterate.
• There is an average of 40 pupils per teacher in sub-Saharan Africa, but the situation varies considerably from country to country. In many countries, it is more than 60 to one.
• Africa loses an estimated 20,000 skilled personnel a year to developed countries.
• Average life expectancy in Africa is only 46 years.
• There are an estimated 5,500 AIDS deaths a day in Africa.
• AIDS decreases in villages where there are primary schools.
• In Uganda, a child who quits attending school is three times more likely to be HIV positive later on in life than a child who completes basic education.
• HIV/AIDS is likely to claim the lives of 10% of teachers within the coming five years, and 20% of school-age children will be AIDS orphans.

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Children in Africa line up for buses to go back to their orphanages after school.

What do you think after hearing this? Is education the solution? I want to hear your reactions/thoughts!


27 Responses to “Facts on Education in Africa”

  1. thanks

    helped me alot in my english assingment☺

  2. these helped me so much with a project I was completing in school. thank you so much!

  3. It’s so hard – how do you convince good, qualified people to go into a job like teaching? It’s hard work and it doesn’t pay. But every once in a while, you come across some motivated, caring people who genuinely care about giving kids knowledge… I want to see more of them – because a change will only take place if it’s from within

  4. I am a nigerian. Your research on edcation and poverty in africa is really touchy. U have actuall brought out the true picture of what is obtainable in africa. If the african child lacks acceess to formal education, why cant the government provide free mobile library services so that children can learn at home? Africa is blessed with children that have untapped talents. Somebody please help the african child to develop their talents.

  5. ya ALLL need to shut up cuz ya just talkin and not gonna atke action so get a life and moveeee 0n to bad to sad dumb ass

  6. this is really crazyyy yo like fo real sad”/ im not happy now

  7. I’m in a club at my school called worldwide education (WE) and we try to help everybody that we can and after seeing this and feeling what it feels like to build a school for African children (WE club did that!!) it encourages me to do my best and even though I’m only 10 years old I think even young people can make an absolutely HUGE difference in other people’s lives!! if you think your life is bad because you had a bad day……… just think about these poor children and know that they are suffering much worse than you are and that by helping them you can make yourself and the child or even the person feel better!! so we all need to come together and put aside our differences and really think about how these people are feeling and that we’re extremely lucky!! If you were reading this…… thank for your time to read this!!:)
    god bless!!

  8. we need to help

  9. i think this is sad we need to help everyone

  10. i think this is sad

  11. I hail from Kenya and have a first hand experience of the cause you are championing.I have been thinking hard about how to reach out and help.How do you raise funds?And what projects do you have planned?I will be happy to be part in helping.Let me know of any big project like building a school if you have any.I will be happy to help.

    • Hello! Thank you for reading the blog and your enthusiasm for our cause. We raise funds through donations and are now working on building classrooms for a secondary school in Olasiti village in Tanzania. If you are interested in Achieve in Africa, check out our website at http://www.achieveinafrica.org.

      • we need to help and do something about poverty,education,and hunger how would you like it if america was in a third world country

  12. I found this info very helpful.
    Thanks for drawing some attention to this issue! It bothers me deeply to think that so many of Africa’s problems could be solved with a better educational system, and yet…

  13. those poor little orphans:(. i really feel sorry for them because they are orphans but i am happy that they can go to school 🙂

  14. thank for your information you helped me get alot of good info for my research paper. Thank you!!

  15. Im currently working on improving education in Africa my site is to help Africans better themselves through education schorlaships abroad for those who go back and help Africa grow. Businesses to compete globally sports talented Africans to be recognized internationally

  16. Hi, Im currently doing a project in my 10th grade spanish class where we are supposed to do a project that will help the world. I feel very strongly about the lack of schools in africa. Is there anyway i can help out your foundation

  17. It is so how children Africa dont have enough money to school but i help i give £500 a month for the children in Africa

  18. Hi Guys

    First of all excellent to see the work you are doing for Africa. I am currently developing ‘free’ digital learning software for use in Africa. I certainly do agree Education is surely going to be one of the key linking factors; I share the same belief anyway.

    Thanks for sharing some of your research. It’s so nice to stumble across such a site and organisation also trying to do great rewarding work!!

  19. Excellent,I run backwards for many various charitable causes, ,We at YOUTH CORP. INTERNATIONAL will be there for the WORLD CUP in 2010,Possibly Ican come and talk at one of your schools, with the written permission of your AMBASSADOR OF EDUCATION we also can donate quite a few t-shirts with POSITIVE SPIRITUAL Sayings. Being originally from NEW ORLEANS, I was also the former AMBASSADOR OF SOUTH AFRICA’S KING STAR BROS before 9-11 and CO-Founder of ACHILLES TRACK CLUB, GHANA W.A. Founding committee member of NATIONAL BICYCLE SAFETY HELMET WEEK PROJECT, sponsored by MCdonald’s, HONORARY TUSKEGEE AIRMAN, Honorary Board Member of National Civil Rights MUSEUM. Memphis,TNN, Member of Fellowship Christian Athletes International ,GZRW of 911-TEAM1, NY OPS Task Force Member,First Responder Wishing you GOD’S BEST in all of your endeavors


  20. After reading this posting and have been in Moshi, Tanzania teaching at a nursery school there in October I feel that education is the answer. I also think that life skills need to be brought into part of the school or after school program to help get them ready for the life ahead.

    • I definitely agree with you. After fundraising for the two classrooms in Olasiti, we’re going to raise money for a learning center in TZ to help with the life skills part of education. How did you get the chance to work in TZ? Are you planning to go back?

    • post more please we need to do something about poverty

    • this is so scary that i really wanna cry
      i wissh we could help them so badly cuz us is supposly so rich we should be able to help them


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