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European Dev Fund Comes to Rescue as Backyard Schools Swamp Africa

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Thursday, 17 May 2018

European Dev Fund Comes to Rescue as Backyard Schools Swamp Africa

Enrolment in primary education in developing countries has reached 91 per cent but 57 million children remain out of school. More than half of children that have not enrolled in school live in 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, which are members of the 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP). An estimated 50 per cent of out-of-school children of primary school age live in conflict-affected areas. Sub Saharan Africa is home to 17 of the 33 countries and territories the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group classifies as 'fragile or conflict affected'. The IFC Conflict Affected States in Africa Initiative (CASA) is active in Burundi, the Central African Republic, Cote d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan. Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) as one of the 17 goals endorsed by the United Nations in September 2015, accentuates the need to "ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning". With an eye on achieving SDG4, many African countries' towns and cities have are being swamped with shabby backyard schools especially around high density areas and illegal settlements dotted around the cities. The lack of adequate educational facilities in emerging residential areas in some towns and cities on the continent has also led to entrepreneurs capitalising on the crisis, setting up substandard school facilities to accommodate the continent's less privileged, which educationists have derided. One such facility is at the heart of Dzivarasekwa high density suburb in Harare, the Zimbabwean capital: two corrugated structures lying side by side with two classroom blocks built from un-plastered home-made bricks. Since it is not a proper school, it is not recommended by the local authorities.

Source: ACP InDephtNews