Challenges of Rebuilding Education in Crisis: Access to Universal Primary Education in Africa

Ladislaus M. Semali

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Abstract

This chapter outlines the enormity of the task of achieving universal primary education in Africa with over 40 million children currently out of school in sub-Saharan Africa. Several questions are addressed with reference to global trends and using World Bank and national enrollment data. For example: Why does Africa seem unable to secure "education for all" for school-age children? Is it simply the relative poverty levels of African countries, or are there grounds for thinking that other factors might be at work? And, what challenges do these countries face in the wake of the HIV/AIDS pandemic? This chapter also notes that some countries are at higher risk of not achieving universal primary completion and gender equality by 2015. What must politicians and policy-makers do to reverse these trends? As observed by Blair's Commission for Africa, the challenges are immense and if Africa continues on its current path then the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for halving poverty, universal primary education and the elimination of avoidable infant deaths in sub-Saharan Africa will not be delivered in 2015 but instead between 100 and 150 years late. The challenge is to find short- and long- term policies and solutions to address this global policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEducation for All Global Promises, National Challenges
EditorsDavid Baker, Alexander Wiseman
Pages395-425
Number of pages31
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 14 2007

Publication series

NameInternational Perspectives on Education and Society
Volume8
ISSN (Print)1479-3679

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AIDS
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Semali, L. M. (2007). Challenges of Rebuilding Education in Crisis: Access to Universal Primary Education in Africa. In D. Baker, & A. Wiseman (Eds.), Education for All Global Promises, National Challenges (pp. 395-425). (International Perspectives on Education and Society; Vol. 8). https://doi.org/10.1016/S1479-3679(06)08014-5
Semali, Ladislaus M. / Challenges of Rebuilding Education in Crisis : Access to Universal Primary Education in Africa. Education for All Global Promises, National Challenges. editor / David Baker ; Alexander Wiseman. 2007. pp. 395-425 (International Perspectives on Education and Society).
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