Very many of the poorest rural primary schools suffer with a lack of even the most
basic educational materials.
The most common situations we find are. : - Acute lack of desks with many children
seated on mud floors. Classrooms with no useable chalkboard. Schools without any
water facilities. Lack of proper toilets, often with hundreds of pupils sharing few
latrine cubicles and teachers with little if any educational resources.
Also common is a lack of classrooms. There is a compound effect in the poorest
schools which for example may have very few desks, but also has no water
facilities and a lack of adequate latrines.
The pupil drop-out rate in many rural areas means that on average, most rural
children will spend little more than 3 years in education and in the worst areas
less than 6% of pupils will complete their primary schooling.
Africa Equipment for Schools