For a skilled labor force
What’s driving the growing investment in private tertiary education in Africa?
The first is related to demographics. A 2014 report by the United Nations Children’s Fund forecast that 40 percent of the world’s population may be African by 2100. By 2050, the number of Africans under the age of 18 may swell to around 1 billion. African leaders would need to make the right investments in children to build a “skilled, dynamic African labor force,” the report’s leading author David Anthony told npr.com.
But student enrolment on the continent has grown faster than most governments have been able to finance, resulting in a decline in the availability and quality of education. Africa has fewer than 2,000 colleges and universities for a population of 1 billion people in 54 countries, while the United States has more than 4,000 institutions for 320 million people, Phillip L. Clay, a former chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told the in March. Fewer than 7