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The level of education in developing African countries, especially those in sub-Saharan Africa, is 70 years behind that of developed economies such as Asia and Europe, an international report has said.

The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity’s 2016 report on ‘investing in education for a changing world’ therefore recommended that developing countries need to expand their education if they are to catch up with developed economies in the next 30 years.

The content of the report was revealed by former Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete yesterday when he paid a courtesy call on President Hage Geingob at the presidential residence at Swakopmund.

Kikwete is a commissioner on the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity as part of his mandate as the United Nations’ special envoy for global education. The report also indicated that Namibia’s student population is expected to almost double in the next 24 years from the current figure of 650,000.

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