Africa faces a dual challenge that has significant implications for its future development: learning poverty and a population explosion.
While there has been considerable progress in providing access to education for African children, the quality of education and learning outcomes remain a major concern. With 89 percent of African children considered to be “learning poor”.
Compounding this challenge is the demographic trend in Africa. Currently, Africa is home to half a billion children between the ages of zero to 14. This rapid population growth presents both opportunities and challenges.
On one hand, it offers a potential demographic dividend if these young people can be educated, skilled, and integrated into the workforce. On the other hand, failure to provide them with quality education and economic opportunities could lead to social and economic instability.