2015 will go down in history as a turning point for the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and the rest of the world for the bold moves taken to accelerate gender equality in education. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, the education agenda shifted from basic needs to a more transformative approach. This is clearly illustrated in SDG Goal Four that calls for ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promotion of lifelong learning.
Some key points:
- Education is one area in which SADC countries have made tremendous strides especially
with regard to enrolment.
- While considerable progress has been made in ensuring universal enrolment in primary and secondary education, gender gaps are still pronounced at tertiary and vocational level.
- Drop-out rates are higher among girls than boys, owing to high rates of teenage pregnancy and ambivalent policies on this front.