July 01, 2021
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Posted by NCID

The Navarra Center for International Development produces a series of figures each week focusing on a topic per month. In June it was Education. Here is our report by regions.

Sub-Saharan Africa

The main issue in Sub-Saharan Africa is access to free education after primary school. In Kenya, the country has improved its education, but there still is a big gap between primary and further education, with only a third of adults enrolled with secondary and a 12% enrolled in tertiary education. South Africa has a very unequal system: despite having 5 out of the best 10 universities in Africa, only a 20% of its population can afford tertiary education. There are 4 times as much private universities than public ones and government spending has reduced for funding education for those who can't afford it.

Central America

In Guatemala, the main issue is access to education for indigenous people. The lack of enough public schools and language barrier makes the difference, and the breach with non-indigenous widens at higher education.

Southeast Asia

Meanwhile, in The Philippines education is vital for future income. Approximately 60% of households headed by uneducated people, and 40% of those headed by people who have not completed primary education, are poor.