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“Some children in grade 6 are still unable to write their own name” (UNICEF).While it could be argued that low literacy rates and high levels of economically active children in Chad is a result of the mere need of money, the poor educational system continues to be a key contributor to these factors. Until Chad’s government makes the correct decisions in order to improve their country’s education, literacy rates will continue to drop and economically active children will become more common.  Chad is a landlocked country in central Africa, where all levels of education have been a problem for a long time, especially primary education, and lack thereof. Daniel Pelz, currently coordinating editor of Deutsche Welle’s Africa and Middle East Department, states “Poor teachers, poor curricula, and no classrooms” In his article ‘Poor marks for Africa’s schools’.(Pelz) In the same article, Reiner Klingholz, director of the Berlin Institute for Population and Development, shows a very similar view, saying “It is because the teaching and the curricula are poor and the infrastructure – such as school buildings- is wanting”(Pelz). Since there is inadequate funding, children have to study in terrible conditions. Yet money is not the only issue. Teaching quality is very low, as most people taking up such a post are not well trained or lack materials to teach students with. Effects of these problems is shown by Chad’s educational standards, being a low 0.28 as stated by a United Nations estimate. (Wolfram Alpha) There are many African countries in which a number of adults are illiterate and large amounts of children don’t go to school, such as Chad, where literacy rate is at a concerning 22.31%, with numbers of economically active children also shocking many at a high 55.9%. (Wolfram Alpha) Though one may state that it is the child’s fault if he/she does not wish to go to school, this is untrue. It is the poor teaching quality, lacking curricula, and insufficient classrooms. In order to secure its future in the developing world, Chad must change these things for the betterment of their community. Since French colonizers never focused on the betterment of locals by building institutions, Chad’s poor education has stayed since colonial times. The only education children got was primary, and was given by, in Chad’s case, French instructors. Since the French colonizers left after independence, a large portion of the qualified personnel went back to Europe, which left Chad with no accomplished engineers, educators, or businessmen who could drive the country forward. According to the article ‘Education in Chad: In a state of decline’ written by the journalist Rachel Kagbe, who was In Chad for 7 years ‘Between 1998-1999 and 2003-2004, there was a strong rise in school enrollment’ (Kagbe). Although this is true, Chad has never truly focused on education until very recently, as its focus tended to be towards gathering mineral and agricultural resources. Brian Faust, author of Borgen Magazine article ‘Improving Education in Chad’ stated “Historically, Chad’s economy has been focused on mining and agriculture, which hasn’t done much to spur economic activity. With slow economic growth, Chad couldn’t afford to adequately fund its education system. The government currently spends 2.3 percent of its budget on education, lower than comparable sub-Saharan African countries.” (Faust) This focus has impacted the country in a negative way, as education has been hindered. P4: What is this affecting? The economy, society; (society, children and the future generations.)Education in Chad is a socio-economic issue; as Chad’s GDP is low, and number of teachers and quality of curricula is rather deplorable as well, there is no way for Chad’s youth to be educated correctly. Lack of education affects many things. First, literacy rates, of 22.31% in Chad’s case, with 2.41 million students out of 12.5 million people. Though this data may seem like lots of the population received proper education, the shocking median age of 15.5 years contrasts this thought. (Wolfram Alpha) Second, economically active children percentages have risen to a scary number of 55.9%. This issue has been noticed by numerous organizations, such as the Global Partnership for Education. They have already done numerous things to improve education and learning in Chad. “552 classrooms were equipped, 15,000 students benefited from school meals, 7,500 girls received school kits, 15,792 girls received dry rations, 557 new classrooms were built between 2013 and 2015, 20 latrines were built, 233,966 children benefited from school meals and dry rations in 2015, 1,469,505 textbooks and 23,752 teacher’s guides were distributed in 2015.” they state in their article. (GPE) This has caused  growth in ——.  P5: If this system doesn’t get any support, what will happen in 15,30 years? Economy, society? On the other hand, if these solutions work; what will happen, how will everything be affected)If Chad’s government keeps funding education more effectively, as it has in recent years, education may continue to flourish in the country. “The Revitalizing Basic Education in Chad project works in targeted primary schools in the regions of Guéra, Logone Occidental, Ouadaï and Sila to support the government’s efforts to increase primary-school completion rates from 37 per cent in 2011 to 80 per cent in 2020.” (The Revitalizing Basic Education in Chad) Although this project is set for 2020, hopes are up for Chad. The country has significantly improved their figures in all aspects of education since the 1990s; they have new generations to groom, new world leaders to polish with this improving system. In 30 years, there will be new generations of engineers, technicians, leaders, educators, doctors, and countless more. This, in turn, will enlarge literacy rates and decrease economically active children percentages. They are the future of Chad as well as the future of Africa, and thus must =======.

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