Knowing how to read, write and calculate are basic skills that children should have from primary education. In sub-Saharan Africa, these skills are in crisis, increasing the risks of students dropping out of the education system and losing economic opportunities.

The High Level Political Dialogue Forum on Fundamental Learning, organized by the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), resulted in the adoption of a resolution by African Ministers of Education in favor of the development of fundamental learning in Africa . Ministers and ministerial representatives from 20 African countries participated, agreeing on a starter kit model for foundational learning and committing to collecting relevant data to inform policy and decisions.

These resolutions will be prioritized in the African Union Year of Education (AEdUA) 2024, with a focus on linking early childhood and primary education, adopting structured pedagogy, implementing appropriate teaching methods and leveraging technology to improve teacher training and the teacher well-being. Developing fundamental learning will allow African countries to improve basic education outcomes, as these skills are fundamental to any learning, and children who do not acquire them risk being excluded from education and economic opportunities.

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