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As the international community begins defining a post-2015 development agenda, Africa faces a twin crisis of access and learning. With new research, in depth coverage and perspectives from leading thinkers, This Is Africa considers the role learning might play in a post-MDG development agenda on education.

This September we are taking an in depth look at the state of education in Africa. With less than three years remaining until the 2015 deadline to meet the Millennium Development Goals, there are mounting fears that low income regions - in particular sub-Saharan Africa - are at risk of falling well short of MDG2, which focuses on equal and universal access to primary education.

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Access+ Videos

Rebecca Winthrop at the CUE Event
Lanre Akinola at the CUE Event
Justin van Fleet Interview
Rebecca Winthrop: Next Steps for Improving Education Globally Lanre Akinola: Is Africa’s Optimism Misplaced? New research highlights Africa's learning crisis
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A desk for every child

"When a child has to bend forwards to write on the ground, or perhaps balance an unstable book on their lap, their handwriting, both in terms of legibility and speed is severely affected."

Business School
From Analysis

Building management education capacity in Africa

One of Africa's biggest challenges is the extreme scarcity of local management talent, argues Guy Pfeffermann

Ban Ki-moon in Timor Leste
From Analysis

Ban Ki-moon: Education must be our first priority

It is the best investment to build prosperous, healthy and equitable societies.

Pauline Rose, UNESCO

‘Education First’ and the disadvantaged first and foremost

Unesco data reveal the extent of the disparities in Africa's education systems, writes Pauline Rose

From Analysis

Graça Machel: Education holds the key to Africa’s development

Education has the capacity to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty.

Rajiv Shah
From Analysis

Our unfinished agenda: quality education for all

For children who are able to access education, schooling does not always translate into learning, writes Rajiv Shah

From Analysis

Investing in Liberia’s future through education

Quality learning for all children is the path to development, peace and prosperity for Liberia, says President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

John Fallon
From Analysis

How business can help

We know from the world’s most improved school systems that when the education community does act strategically, progress can be made very quickly, writes John Fallon

Gordon Brown
From Analysis

Q&A with Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education

“My view is that achieving the MDG is critical to everything we do on global education” -  Gordon Brown

Aliko Dangote
From Analysis

Nothing is impossible

While getting every child into school is vitally important, the quality of education they receive must also be addressed, writes Aliko Dangote

Sara Ruto
From Analysis

The right to education: reigniting learning

The evidence suggests that schools still continue to churn out semi-literate and semi-numerate citizens, argues Sara Ruto

Filling the skills gap
From Business

Developing technical skills is crucial for business

Communities around the world are suffering from widening gaps in wages and incomes due in part to skills set disparities

Access+: a focus on education in Africa

This Is Africa is taking a close look at the state of learning in Africa this September, with new reserch, high-level commentary and in-depth analysis.


Nigeria Supplement Issue

Nigeria Special Report


The Report includes contributions from:

Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s president, and Abubakar Sulaiman, deputy chairman of the National Planning Commission

Olusegun Aganga, Nigeria’s minister of industry, trade and investment

Idris Umar, the minister of transport

Chinedu Nebo, Nigeria’s minister of power


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