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Lessons in South Africa
International Education Day is celebrated annually on January 24. © Frank May/dpa

Too many African children still do not receive a proper school education. In addition to the lack of teachers, this is mainly due to tight budgets, criticizes the United Nations.

Nairobi/Johannesburg – On today’s International Education Day, the United Nations warns of the worsening education crisis in Eastern and Southern Africa. A joint statement from the child aid organization Unicef ​​and the education organization Unesco claims that 41 million of the estimated 165 million school-age children there did not receive a proper school education. The region includes countries in crisis such as South Sudan and Somalia, but also South Africa and Namibia.

In addition to the lack of teachers, the United Nations mainly criticizes the tight budgets of governments for education. Somalia, for example, only spends 0.3 percent of its gross domestic product on education. States in the region also missed out on sustainable development of the education sector as a result of the first World Education Forum in Dakar 23 years ago.

UN calls for more spending on education

At that time, the global community agreed on the goal of providing every child in the world with access to basic education by 2015. In the East and South Africa, only a temporary education infrastructure was put in place and poorly trained teachers were hired with uncertain contract terms. These workarounds are still largely standard today. Therefore, the UN called on the countries of the region to allocate a fifth of their national budgets to education spending in the future.

International Education Day is celebrated annually on January 24. Since December 2018, the UN has wanted to honor the role of education in world peace with this day of remembrance. According to the UN, sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest literacy levels in the world: only a tenth of 10-year-olds can read and understand simple text. dpa

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