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Families in sub-Saharan Africa Spend large part of their household income on children’s education – UNESCO

Families in sub-Saharan Africa spend a large part of their household income on their children’s education, and many of them lack a quality education, according to a new report by the UN education agency UNESCO.

In Ghana, for example, an average of 13% of a family’s expenditure goes on schooling.

Overall, almost 40% of education spending in sub-Saharan Africa comes from families and not from other sources such as the government.

In its Global Education Monitoring (GEM) report, published on Friday, UNESCO says the risk of inequality and marginalization in the provision of education is growing.

Manos Antoninis, the report’s director, says the effects of Covid19 have further reduced family budgets, making school fees and other costs prohibitive for many.

The report warns that 8% of families in low- and middle-income countries have to borrow money to pay for their children’s education.

The rate is even higher in countries like Uganda and Kenya, where a third of all families have to borrow money to pay for school fees.

Unesco demands that governments commit themselves more strongly to providing free, high-quality education to all poor for 12 years for the sake of the poor who cannot afford private education.