Education in Sub-Saharan Africa A Comparative Analysis


Kirsten Majgaard and Alain Mingat

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January 1, 2012



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As in most countries worldwide, Sub-Saharan African countries are striving to build their human capital so they can compete for jobs and investments in an increasingly globalized world. In this region—which includes the largest number of countries that have not yet attained universal primary schooling—the ambitions and aspirations of Sub-Saharan African countries and their youth far exceed this basic goal. Over the past 20 years, educational levels have risen sharply across Sub-Saharan Africa. Already hard at work to provide places in primary schools for all children, most countries of the region are also rapidly expanding access to secondary and tertiary levels of education.