Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of children excluded from education with over 20% of children between the ages of 6 and 11 not in school, followed by 30% of youth between the ages of 12 and 14. Overall, almost 60% of young people between the ages of 15 and 17 do not have access to school.
Urgent action is required otherwise the situation will likely get worse since the region continues to face rising demand for education because of a growing school-age population. Girls education is also sorely lacking with almost 9 million girls between the ages of 6 and 11 never going to school at all, compared with 6 million boys that face a similar future. Policymakers are focused on closing this gender gap while at the same time creating education programs for all kids in Africa education.