In school but learning nothing

The 2021 UNESCO Institute for Statistics report has been a wake-up call for far greater investment in the quality of education.

It is true that in the past years there has been a great improvement in children’s enrolment at primary schools but the fact is that in countries like Malawi 88% of children and adolescents leave school without the ability to manage simple sums or read basic sentences Source:  This schooling without learning is the result of extremely poor quality of education.

And it shouldn’t surprise us – there are sometimes 200 children in one class lacking textbooks or any other learning aids.

The Happy Classrooms Program run by boNGO since 2011 could help tackle this problem if it became an integral part of all primary schools in countries facing the same educational challenges like Malawi.