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Mauritania - National Education System Development Programme Support Project (PNDSE) - Project Completion Report (PCR)

27-jan-2012

Development challenge addressed by the project –The project deals with poverty reduction through the development of vocational higher education,which meets the requirements of the productive sector. While the agro-pastoral sector accounts for 19% of GDP, there are no appropriate training institutions at the intermediate and higher levels. Generally, the higher education sector faces the following challenges: i) inadequate infrastructure to cope with ever-increasing student population(around 130% between 1985 and 1999: 12,912 students as compared to 5542); ii) weak enrolment in science and technical disciplines: 8% against 62% for legal and economic sciences, 28% for arts and social sciences and 10% for other disciplines; iii) low female enrolment (28%) and especially in technical and vocational disciplines (13.25%).

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