IIEP Strategic Debate: Overcoming Africa’s learning crisis

12 April 2018

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Across Africa, some 50 million children are out of school. For those in school, most are not learning the basic skills needed to thrive in the future. According to the new World Bank report, ‘Facing Forward, Schooling for Learning in Africa’, the continent faces a “severe learning crisis” that jeopardizes economic growth and the well-being of its citizens.

What will it take to overcome this learning crisis, and provide all African children and youth with access to quality education? Join our upcoming Strategic Debate with World Bank education experts to map out concrete policy steps that aim to align education systems with learning.


  • Sajitha Bashir, Practice Manager, Education, World Bank
  • Marlaine Lockheed, Visiting Lecturer in the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
  • Elizabeth Ninan, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank
  • Hugues Moussy, Head of Research, IIEP-UNESCO (discussant)
  • Paul Coustère, Deputy Director, IIEP-UNESCO (moderator)

When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
12:30pm – 2:30pm (CEST)
Where: IIEP-UNESCO auditorium
7-9 rue Eugene Delacroix, 75116 Paris
This event will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation into French (only in English via livestream).




Watch the webcast

Not in Paris? We will be livestreaming this debate (12:30pm CEST). Make sure to register here to receive a reminder and link to the web cast. 

Join the debate on Twitter with the #StrategicDebate and @IIEP_UNESCO. For this Strategic Debate, please also follow @WBG_Education and @WorldBankAfrica with the #education and #learningcrisis.

2018 Strategic Debate theme

There is widespread recognition of the global learning crisis, with millions of children and youth unable to perform basic skills in reading, writing, and math. What is less clear is what children need to learn and how we can foster all-inclusive quality education for a rapidly changing future. In pursuit of SDG 4, we must look beyond the obvious and debate new ideas and strategies that will ultimately redefine learning while ensuring accessibility for all.