Over 30 million children in Africa are out of school: UNESCO

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A child writing his alphabet. UNESCO/Poulomi Basu

More than 30 million children in Africa are out of school, according to a report launched by the Tanzanian government and the UN cultural agency (UNESCO) in Dar es Salaam on Thursday.

The 2014 Education for All Global Monitoring Report identifies the shortage of quality teachers as the key problem in the efforts to provide children with quality education.

Abdoul Wahab Coulibaly, UNESCO Representative to Tanzania said despite progress, none of the six internationally agreed education for all goals is likely to be met.

"In Africa, for instance, the report says that primary cycle is completed by less than 70 per cent of primary school age children, 31 million children are out of school of which 53 per cent are girls, 22 million youths are out of school, 182 million adults are illiterate." (23")

The report identifies other challenges in providing education as teachers' motivation, level of knowledge, skills and training, as well as their teaching practices in classrooms.

It stresses the need to put in place a robust global post-2015 education framework to tackle unfinished tasks while addressing new challenges.

One of the Millennium Development Goals set by world leaders in 2000 is to achieve universal primary education by 2015.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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