Sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa is considered as the African region south of the Sahara desert. According to the World Bank database, the population is 973.4 million (2014).


Facts about Sub-Saharan Africa


  • 42.7 % of the population lives under the low poverty lines. This means living with less than $1.90 a day per person. 67% of the population live with less than $3.10 a day per person (2012) [1]

  • Life expectancy in Sub-Saharan Africa is 56.8 years (2013) [1]

Education plays a very important role in the fight against poverty and inequality. It provides the necessary tools to create the foundation that can lead to sustained economic growth. The following information provides an overview of the situation in Zambia with special attention to education.


Facts about Zambia


  • Population 15.72 million (2014) [1]

  • 60.5 % of the population lives under the low poverty lines ($1.90) and 78.9% of the population live with less than $3.10 a day per person (2010) [1]

  • Life expectancy in Zambia is 58 years (2013) [1]

  • Half of the Zambian population (50%) is under age 15, and 17% of the population is under age 5 [2] indicating that Zambia’s population is very young which makes education crucial for the development of the country

  • The median years of schooling for females is 4.3 years, while it is 5.1 years for males. The percentage of females and males with no education has decreased over the last six years from 20 percent to 16 percent of females and 14 percent to 13 percent of males [2]

  • The proportion of males and females with no education increases with age, indicating that older men and women are less likely to be educated than younger men and women indicating that there has been an improvement in the level of education over the last six decades. [2]

  • Females are more likely than males to be in school up to age 13, after which males are substantially more likely to attend school than females [2]

Our mission is to support the further improvement of the level of education in countries like Zambia.

[1] The World Bank, World Development Indicators

[2] Central Statistical Office (CSO) [Zambia], Ministry of Health (MOH) [Zambia], and ICF International. 2014. Zambia Demographic and Health Survey 2013-14. Rockville, Maryland, USA: Central Statistical Office,

Ministry of Health, and ICF International.