Education in Africa Fails The Test

by Machiavelli

Blogal Prosperity by the Center for Global Prosperity

This month, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon announced that a top goal for the rest of his term is MDG 2, which is “to achieve universal primary education”. In order to meet this goal one policy could simply call for more schools and more teachers, but in Africa, the solution will be far from that simple.   During the Brookings panel, “The State of Learning in Africa”, Justin van Fleet explained that because the quality of education in many African schools is so poor, attending class has little or no impact on a child’s potential to learn basic reading and writing skills.  Along with Dr. van Fleet were panelists Lanre Akinola, editor of This Is Africa, a Financial Times publicationand Talya Bosch, Western Union vice president of social ventures.

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