Education is at the centre of the development agenda, especially in ensuring the achievement of the SDGs and the African Union Agenda 2063. Many studies show that education has a positive
contribution towards better health, better climate protection, improved economic growth, better governance and management systems and other improvements in the life of the people. African
education brings together the interests and activities of a wide range of stakeholders, including leaders, communities, civil society advocacy groups, the media, donors, cooperating partners,
learning institutions and learners. However, the link between education and other developmental goals has not been communicated to and understood by many. More significantly, although making up the lion’s share of national budgets, education is not sufficiently prioritized.
Therefore, many education systems across Africa continue to suffer several challenges such as shortage of human resources (qualified and motivated teachers), teaching and learning materials,
and inadequate infrastructures such as classrooms, harmful cultural practices, emergencies and conflict situations. Most of these challenges require adequate political will and financing.
UNESCO’s Global Monitoring Report estimated an annual funding gap of US$39 billion to achieve the objectives of SDG#4. Sub Saharan Africa is likely to face the most significant
education funding gap of between US$17-27 billion due to its low-income status and high level of fragility.