The UN Millenium development goals set out the goals for the developing world, one of which is that all children receive an education – at least to primary school level. In Africa education is not universally available with only 57% of eligible children enrolled in primary schools; the lowest level of any country in the world.
Efforts have been made to improve this such as the abolition of school fees, greater investment in teachers and infrastructure and providing school meals through the World Food Program. This helped drive enrollment of millions of students. Despite the significant progress made only about 79% of primary school-age children in Sub Saharan Africa were enrolled in school by 2013 and it is estimated that over 59 million eligible children of primary-school age were not receiving an education.
While the UNs aim is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, it remains to be seen what effect future efforts will have on kids in Africa education participation.