This paper explores the challenges that face developing Commonwealth countries seeking to build on success in improving participation in primary schooling in the context of Education for All (UNESCO 2000), and the education related Millennium Development Goals (United Nations, 2000). It has six parts. The first provides a rationale for improved secondary access in low enrolment countries. The second identifies typical enrolment and participation patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The third details the enrolment challenges countries face. The fourth estimates financial demands for expanded access in SSA. Fifth, some policy implications are identified. Finally concluding remarks draw together key issues. Though the analyses summarised are based on SSA data, the arguments and conclusions apply more broadly to low enrolment countries in other regions of the Commonwealth.
Commonwealth People’s Forum, Hotel African, Kampala, Uganda, 18th-22th November 2007, 24 pp.