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Can Africa’s current education policies help build the scientists of tomorrow?

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A medical intern in the hematology department of the Hospital Militaire D’Instruction (Military Teaching Hospital) in N’Djamena, Chad, puts a blood sample into a machine for analysis. © US Army Africa

As I write these lines, I am sitting in an airplane returning from my first mission in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. My mission was for the education sector, and included visiting a few lower secondary public schools. As I listen to the pilot’s welcoming message, I find myself thinking about the children I met at the schools, and trying to assess the odds of their becoming pilots, engineers or scientists.

Des données internationalement comparables sur les acquis des élèves ouvrent la voie à une réforme de l’enseignement en Afrique

Makhtar Diop's picture
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En Afrique, la plupart des parents vous diront que l’éducation de leurs enfants est l’investissement le plus important qu’ils puissent faire. Au cours de la dernière décennie, l’accès à l’école a considérablement progressé, et, aujourd’hui, dans des pays comme le Bénin, le Cameroun, le Rwanda et la Zambie, le taux net de scolarisation au cycle primaire est supérieur à 90 %. Cependant, à l’échelle du continent africain, le taux d’achèvement de l’école primaire et le taux d’alphabétisation des jeunes restent bien trop faibles.

Internationally comparable learning tests pave the way for education reform in Africa

Makhtar Diop's picture
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Most parents in Africa will tell you that their children’s education is the most important investment they can make. Over the past decade, great progress has been made in terms of getting children into school, with countries such as Benin, Cameroon, Rwanda and Zambia recording primary net enrollment of over 90 percent. But across the continent, primary school completion and youth literacy rates remain unacceptably low.