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Transitions from Primary to Lower Secondary School: A Focus on Equity
Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of educational exclusion among all other regions of the world, with about 21% of primary school age children being denied access to education (UNESCO, 2018). UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) estimates that of the 63 million out of school children of the primary school age globally, 34 million (54%) live in sub-Saharan Africa. The region also leads in the percent of out of school children at lower and upper secondary school, 37% and 58% respectively (UNESCO UIS, 2018). Some of the countries with the highest rates of out of school children are also in Africa, including South Sudan (68%), Liberia (62%), Eritrea (57%), Equatorial Guinea (56%), Sudan (44%), and Djibouti (41%) (UNESCO UIS, 2018).