ESSA developing educational leaders

Starting point of ESSA has been to listen to students, teachers, communities, governments, businesses, academics, NGOs, philanthropists and others in and outside of Africa.

In brief

About the project

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Continental Education Strategy for Africa set a framework to cope with Africa’s challenges in education. Sub-Saharan governments typically invest 5 percent or more of GNP on education and this is boosted by others including development funds, corporates and NGOs. The research, data and impact evaluation, critical to making the right policy and choices for everyone investing in this space, is improving considerably. Yet it remains of variable quality, can be hard to access and is often incomplete. For this reason and many others we believe there is an opportunity to increase the effectiveness of spending and attracting additional capital in this fundamentally important area. Moreover, as a demographic explosion gets underway many African nations already face multiple, complex and systemic challenges in delivering the education their societies need. With this context we strongly believe that: “Access to education at all levels and as importantly, its quality and its relevance will be pivotal in determining whether the population growth envisaged becomes an extra-ordinary opportunity or a major threat to Africa and the wider world.” We want to do all we can with everyone we work with to make it the former to help solve the paradox of high youth unemployment, even among graduates, at the same time as employers face striking skills shortages.