DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A new U.N. review says that about 30 million primary school-aged children in sub-Saharan Africa are not in class, partially because of poverty and conflict, and progress on getting them back to school has stalled.
A pair of reports published Monday by UNICEF, the U.N. children's agency, and the statistics arm of UNESCO, the U.N. cultural and education agency, said the situation is especially dire in West and Central Africa.
The report says U.N. Millennium Development goals to make primary education for every child a priority in 2000 made substantial progression through 2007. But since then, things have stagnated.
For many kids, parents can't afford school fees or uniforms, or they live too far from a school, or the quality of education is too poor to keep them in class.