World’s 57 million school drop-outs are in Africa

This year’s figures of the United Nations
Educational Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) Institute of Statistics
indicate that more than half of the world’s 57
million out of school children are in Africa.

Acoording to the Institure, the continent is
also home of about 160 million illiterate
adults, Mr Limbani Nsapato, Policy and
Advocacy Manager and Regional Coordinator
for Africa Network Campaign on Education
For All (ANCEFA) stated this in Accra on
Thursday.

He noted that in sub-Saharan Africa alone,
about 10 million boys and girls also dropped
out of school.

Quoting the UNESCO statistics at the opening
of a two-day Regional Civil Society Workshop
for Education Financing in Africa, Mr Nsapato
said around 12.5 million out of the 27.5
million children were denied access to
education due to conflicts in Africa.
Participants at the workshop, jointly organized
by ANCEFA, IBIS, TJN-Africa and Ghana
National Education Campaign Coalition
(GNECC) would discuss findings of desk
research on Education For All (EFA) status,
and formulate advocacy strategies that seek
to accelerate EFA’s progress at improving
domestic financing through taxation in Africa.

They would come up with a road map for
advocacy for increased domestic financing,
especially through better tax administration
in Africa.
Mr Chals Wontewe, Country Director, IBIS,
commended Ghana for having made
significant improvements in making education
accessible to people.

Mr Wontewe, however, said the country was
still far from achieving the objective of
making education accessible to everyone, and
giving everyone quality education.

He said efforts to improve both access and
quality education in Africa had been very
challenging, as assistance to Africa has
declined in recent times.
Mr Wontewe urged the participants to work
together across sectors so that collectively
they could influence increased resource
mobilisation in support of education
financing.

Mr Leslie Tettey, National Co-ordinator
GNECC said the collaboration between
ANCEFA, IBIS, TJN-Africa and GNECC would
basically look at advocacy strategies that Civil
Societies could employ, to ensure Africa’s
education was on course, as far as taxation
was concerned.

“Taxation is seen as a major source of
domestic financing for development and we
hope to use that as a tool to improve
education in Africa”, he added.

Mr Johannes Chiminya, out-going Research
Officer TJN-Africa, said taxation was the only
visible way of financing education.

He noted that in order to exploit taxation as
a sustainable source of financing quality
education, there was the need for
stakeholders, and more especially Civil
Society Organizations, to advocate improved
tax administration in their respective
countries. GNA

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