Across sub-Saharan Africa, children face all sorts of barriers to getting an education. But how much do you know about the struggles children face just to attend school? Take our five-question quiz to find out!
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#1. What percentage of children with disabilities in Africa have access to inclusive education?
#2. Of the countries we work in, where is attending primary and secondary school free?
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Education is free in Ghana, Kenya, and Rwanda. However, while there are no tuition fees, there are often other costs which present a barrier for children attending school. Assessments required for entry, examination fees and the need to buy uniform and textbooks are just some of the reasons children drop out of, or don’t even start, education. In Ghana, children must pass a compulsory exam to get into primary school which prevents many children from vulnerable families attending. This is why the early childhood development centres we support in Accra are so important.
In DRC and Uganda most education is not free, and parents must find the money for tuition fees to send their child to school.
#3. In sub-Saharan Africa, what percentage of school-aged children don’t have internet for home learning?
It’s 82%, and almost 90% don’t have access to household computers. This meant that when the pandemic forced schools to close, millions of children faced months out of school with no ability to access e-learning opportunities. While mobile phones helped to connect some children with their teachers, almost half of those in sub-Saharan Africa are living in areas with no mobile network coverage.
#4. Across sub-Saharan Africa, 15 million children will never go to school at all. But what proportion of them are girls?
It’s 60%, or 9 million. Girls are more likely to drop out of school, or never start in the first place. Because of societal pressures, they are more likely to get married at a young age. In large families, preference will be given to boys if the parents can’t afford to send all their children to school. In sub-Saharan Africa, 23% of girls are out of primary school compared to 19% of boys.
It is vital that girls have the same access as boys, to increase their employment prospects and earning potential. And there are wider benefits too. Girls’ education leads to healthier communities and stronger economies. Educating girls massively reduces the rate of infant mortality. In fact, if all girls received a primary and secondary education, child deaths would decrease by 49%!
#5. For street-connected children, mainstream education isn’t always appropriate. What are some alternative ways street-connected children can access informal learning?
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It’s all of them! Children end up on the streets for many complex reasons, and they often depend on begging or informal work to survive. They are likely to have spent years out of education, or never been to school at all. So simply putting them straight back into the classroom is not always the right approach.
Instead, sports lessons such as football, yoga and boxing as well as dance, music and art projects can be great ways to engage street-connected children and a softer approach to draw them back into learning.
In Kenya, we support children with disabilities and street-connected children. A vital part of this is supporting them back into education.