A Total Of 98 Million Children In Sub-Saharan Africa Are Not In School, According To UNESCO

A staggering 98 million children and young people between the ages of six and eighteen do not have access to formal education in Sub-Saharan Africa, as reported by UNESCO.

This coincides with the beginning of the school year in many parts of the world. Statistics published this week by UNESCO show that, once again, Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of out-of-school children and adolescents, with 98 million people falling into this group.

There are presently 244 million children and adolescents worldwide, between the ages of six and eighteen, who do not attend school, as reported by the most recent UNESCO figures.

According to Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, “No one can tolerate this scenario,” emphasizing the need of protecting every child’s access to an education.

There has to be a worldwide coordinated effort to put education at the top of the international agenda. Azoulay will make a similar pitch at the groundbreaking Transforming Education Summit on September 19 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres urged for the Summit to be organized in order to mobilize action and identify solutions, such as how to reverse the learning deficits caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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