Central Africa needs $13 billion for schools by 2030

May 7, 2020 | Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of the Congo

Central Africa's population will grow to exceed 217 million people. 29% of the population will be of school going age.

In 10 years from now, Central Africa’s children of school-going age will constitute 29% of the total population.  In 2030, schools will have to educate an additional 6.6 million children compared to now. 

To educate all these additional school children, ABiQ estimate $13.1 billion would be required to build new facilities. This is based on UNESCO’s standard of 40 children per class and the facilities are built using bricks and mortar.

In addition to facilities, new educators will have to be trained and developed. This will place an additional burden on already strained education budgets. ABiQ estimate that an additional 180,000 jobs will be created for teaching and administrative staff by 2030.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, fear around food security has increased significantly. To bring some perspective, the additional 6.6 million children will consume approximately 2.4 billion tons of food per year. This is based on 1-1.5 kg of raw food per child per day.

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