In Africa, 4 out of 5 children and young adolescents attending school – that’s 133 million children – are not mastering the basics.
There are still too many children out of school, especially in countries affected by conflict and humanitarian emergencies.
But for the first time in history, most non-learners are actually to be found in school. Every day, millions of children make their way to classrooms where they fail to learn anything because the quality of the education they receive is so poor.
The World Bank calls it The Global Learning Crisis – and girls are at the frontline. In Sierra Leone and Liberia, 95% of young women who finish their schooling after Grade 6 can’t read a simple sentence.