Secondary Education in Africa: Preparing Youth for the Future of Work

Secondary Education in Africa: Preparing Youth for the Future of Work

Secondary Education in Africa: Preparing Youth for the Future of Work examines progress in secondary education in Africa to propose forward-looking recommendations.

Mastercard Foundation, together with a group of strategic partners, has initiated a research project to look at the role of secondary education in preparing African youth for the future of work, with emphasis on ensuring youth acquire the skills, knowledge, and competencies necessary to succeed in a dynamic and globalized labour market.

Why secondary education, why now? >

A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO MAXIMIZE THE IMPACT OF SECONDARY EDUCATION IN AFRICA (PDF)

UNE OPPORTUNITÉ UNIQUE POUR MAXIMISER L’IMPACT DE L’ENSEIGNEMENT SECONDAIRE EN AFRIQUE (PDF)

Report synopsis >

SECONDARY EDUCATION IN AFRICA: PREPARING YOUTH FOR THE FUTURE OF WORK (PDF)

L’ÉDUCATION SECONDAIRE EN AFRIQUE : PRÉPARER LES JEUNES POUR L’AVENIR DU TRAVAIL (PDF)

Significant challenges remain in access, quality, and relevance of secondary education in Africa. Given the transformative potential of the growing youth population, the shifts in African labour markets, and the evolving technology and its impact on nature of work — fundamental changes in secondary education are needed to equip young people to be successful in work and in life. Only a small fraction of students in Africa complete university level studies, and with secondary school becoming more accessible, it will increasingly become the main bridge to work for most youth.

Rethinking and reforming secondary education, including what young people learn and how they learn it, is necessary to make education relevant for youth employment or entrepreneurship in a dynamic and globalized labour market.

Four Research Themes

Preparing Youth for the Future of Work: What does the future of work look like in Africa? What skills do African youth need given the changing nature of work?

Ensuring Relevant Knowledge and Skills: What changes are needed in teaching and curricula to help transform learning and skills development in Africa?

Meeting the needs of Out-of-School Youth and Displaced Populations: How can governments ensure access to quality, relevant secondary education or its equivalent for out-of-school youth and displaced populations?

Designing Systems to Foster Improved Learning: How can effective secondary school systems be developed?

Background Papers

Accessible version available by request.

Preparing Youth for the Future of Work

Ensuring Relevant Knowledge and Skill

Providing Flexible Approaches and Pathways

Financing for Equity

Reform and Innovations

Additional Resources