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Sustaining Educational and Economic Momentum in Africa

ACCESS OF CHILDREN ACCESS TO PRIMARY EDUCATION ACHIEVEMENT ADDITION ADULT LITERACY AGE COHORT AID FOR EDUCATION BASIC EDUCATION BASIC EDUCATION CYCLE BASIC SKILLS BILINGUAL EDUCATION BRAIN DRAIN CALL CLASS SIZE CLASSROOMS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM CURRICULUM REFORM DECENTRALIZATION DECENTRALIZATION OF EDUCATION DECISION MAKING DEMAND FOR EDUCATION DOUBLE SHIFT DOUBLE SHIFTS DROPOUT RATE OF GIRLS DROPOUT RATES EDUCATED POPULATION EDUCATION AID EDUCATION ATTAINMENT EDUCATION BUDGET EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION FINANCE EDUCATION FOR ALL EDUCATION MINISTERS EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES EDUCATION POLICIES EDUCATION POLICY EDUCATION PROGRAMS EDUCATION QUALITY EDUCATION REFORM EDUCATION REFORMS EDUCATION SECTOR EDUCATION SPENDING EDUCATION STRATEGY EDUCATION SYSTEM EDUCATION SYSTEMS EDUCATIONAL ASPIRATIONS EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS EDUCATIONAL REFORM ENGINEERING ENROLLMENT ENROLLMENT RATIO ENROLLMENT RATIOS EQUAL PARTICIPATION EXAMINATION PROCESS FEMALE EDUCATION FEMALE ILLITERACY FORMAL EDUCATION FORMAL TRAINING FREE PRIMARY EDUCATION GENERAL EDUCATION GIRLS GLOBAL CAMPAIGN FOR EDUCATION HIGH DROPOUT HIGH DROPOUT RATE HIGHER EDUCATION HUMAN DEVELOPMENT HUMANITIES ILLITERACY ILLITERACY RATES IMPLEMENTATION OF EDUCATION POLICIES IN SERVICE TRAINING INSTRUCTION INTERVENTIONS INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION INVESTMENTS IN EDUCATION KNOWLEDGE SHARING LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION LEADERSHIP LEARNING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES LEARNING OUTCOMES LEVEL OF EDUCATION LEVELS OF EDUCATION LIFE SKILLS LOWER SECONDARY EDUCATION MINISTRIES OF EDUCATION MINISTRIES OF FINANCE MOBILITY NATIONAL CURRICULUM NATIONAL EDUCATION NATIONAL EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT NATIONAL LANGUAGES ORPHANS OUT OF SCHOOL CHILDREN PAPERS PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE POOR PEOPLE POPULATION GROWTH PRE SERVICE TRAINING PRIMARY EDUCATION PRIMARY LEVEL PRIMARY SCHOOL PRIMARY SCHOOL DROPOUTS PRIMARY SCHOOL ENROLLMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL GRADUATES PRINCIPALS PRINTING PROVISION OF EDUCATION PUBLIC FUNDS QUALITY OF EDUCATION RESOURCES FOR EDUCATION SANITATION SCHOLARSHIPS SCHOOL AUTONOMY SCHOOL FEES SCHOOL LEAVERS SCHOOL TEACHERS SCIENCE LABS SECONDARY EDUCATION SECONDARY SCHOOL SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS SECONDARY SCHOOLS SKILL DEVELOPMENT SKILLED WORKFORCE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT SKILLS FOR EMPLOYMENT SKILLS TRAINING STUDENT LEARNING TEACHER TEACHER MORALE TEACHER QUALITY TEACHER SALARIES TEACHER SHORTAGES TEACHER TRAINING TEACHERS TEACHING TECHNICAL EDUCATION TECHNICAL TRAINING TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES TERTIARY EDUCATION TEXTBOOKS TRAINING CENTERS TRAINING INSTITUTES TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES TRAINING PROGRAMS TYPES OF EDUCATION UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION UNIVERSITIES UNIVERSITY EDUCATION UPE VOCATIONAL EDUCATION VOCATIONAL TRAINING VULNERABLE GROUPS YOUNG PEOPLE YOUTH YOUTH POPULATIONS
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World Bank
Africa | Africa
2012-03-19T09:34:03Z | 2012-04-04T07:43:56Z | 2012-03-19T09:34:03Z | 2012-04-04T07:43:56Z | 2010

The conference brought together 44 African ministers of finance and of education from 28 African countries for a structured dialogue on sustaining Africa's economic and educational progress in the current context of a global economic slowdown. African countries have achieved laudable progress during the last decade towards the Education for All (EFA) goals for 2015 that were agreed in Dakar in 2000, particularly with regard to Universal Primary Education (UPE). This progress reflects the combined impact of several factors, notably courageous education reforms, substantially increased public financing of education made possible largely by sustained economic growth and increased political priority for education-and greater inflows of external aid for education. The momentum may be jeopardized, however, by the current worldwide economic downturn. Tightening domestic budgets and external aid could increase the difficulty of sustaining policy reform and strategic investments, thereby putting at risk the hard won gains of the last ten years. They could also undermine Africa's efforts to develop post basic education and training and delay achievement of key goals of the African Union's Second Decade for Education in Africa. The result would be to frustrate the aspirations of the increasing numbers of African youth who seek to go beyond primary education and to deny their prospective employers the skilled workforce that could help boost business competitiveness and economic growth. The emerging global economic circumstances provided a key rationale for the Conference. Its purpose was to stimulate dialogue among senior policy makers on policy options to achieve a mutually reinforcing relation between education and the economy.

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