No matter your job, you need standards to ensure you are working to meet your objectives. Unfortunately, where education and schools are concerned, these standards sometimes do not exist. Or, more often, they are not enforced. Schools are decidedly sub-standard in some places, with those in Sub-Saharan Africa facing particularly strong challenges. Many teachers are not sufficiently prepared in the region, classrooms are often over-crowded, infrastructure is crumbling, and learning is suffering. More than one in four young people cannot read in Sub-Saharan Africa today, while by some other recent estimates, nine in 10 children do not acquire minimum reading skills. Standards are slipping, which is putting our global education goal at risk. Even though the number of children not in school globally stagnated between 2008 and 2015, this doesn’t mean the number going to school is stagnating too. During the same period, 30-million more children enrolled in primary school in Sub-Saharan Af...

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