Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education

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.