Child of the Universe Project
The Project will be delivered in 5 Phases with a completion date estimated in 2030 and a Total estimated cost of US $30 to $40 Billion (taking inflation into account).
The final goal being that within 10 to 15 years of implementation of this initiative in more than 300,000 schools on the continent, the majority of the Africa population would possess the skills to become successful global citizens of the 21st Century with far reaching implications for the development of the African society & economy.
Sub-Sahara Africa continues to face significant challenges in the area of education. Among these are low enrolments and high drop-out rates in primary and secondary schools, gender disparity, poor early childhood care and education, shortages of textbooks and other learning materials, poor educational infrastructure and environments, and weak higher education systems.
In terms of education there is a large gender gap. Boys are more likely to attend school than girls. Among young adults the illiteracy rate is thus higher among women than among men. In Benin and Sierra Leone, for every 100 men ages 15 to 24 who are able to read and write, there are only about 70 women who can do the same.
The Child of the Universe Project will be implemented throughout Africa using 3 primary approaches: