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Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education

Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger

Goal 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education

Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

Goal 4 and 5: Reduce child mortality and Improve Maternal Health

Goal 4 and 5: Reduce child mortality and Improve Maternal Health

Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other Diseases

Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability

Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development


Attending primary school in Africa is becoming the norm, but the quality of education remains a challenge

Most countries in Africa have achieved universal primary enrolment, with rates above 90 per cent. As a result, the continent as a whole is expected to achieve Goal 2. Low completion and high grade repetition remain a challenge, however. Indeed, one in three pupils enrolled in a primary school will dropout. Reasons include late entry, poverty, poor quality of education and a lack of awareness of the importance of schools. Some 30 per cent of students with six years of schooling cannot read a sentence, and girls are more likely to drop out than boys. Some good news school feeding programmes and access to preschools have been instrumental in reducing dropout rates.


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