August 28, 2019
The population in Africa is estimated to jump from the current 1.256 billion to 2.5 billion in 2050, and 60% of the population is predicted to be in the age between 15 to 24. These youths and children need to receive quality education in order to leverage the human capital for African development. The enrollment rate in primary schools in Africa has improved considerably in the past 15 years. Still, it is said that 200 million children today, equivalent to 90% of the children of school age in the region, do not have the fundamental academic ability.
JICA has been supporting the improvement of Africa's basic education along with the World Bank. To promote more concrete efforts on needs of Africa in the area of basic education, JICA hosted the TICAD7 side event called "Education for Africa to Empower Future Generations," on August 28, 2019 with the World Bank.
Class meeting in Egypt/Japanese School. Japanese style education system is adopted in Egypt to foster children's independence and sociability.
Photo: Tatsuya Mitsuishi