This gender discrepancy reflects a cultural
norm in Angola that "boys study, girls cook", although in education at least
this mentality is slowly developing towards gender equality.
Whilst this 2010 figure is comparable to the nearby DRC (67.2%) it fares
badly when compared to neighbours Zambia at 80.6%, and Namibia at 85%.
Currently most schools suffer from a shortage of books and paper and many of
the schools that do exist are in a poor condition without enough tables and
chairs to go round forcing many children to sit on the floor.
is because although teachers are funded by the state, that funding doesn't
cover books and furniture. As such, its not uncommon to see children in
rural communities carrying their own chair to school on their head.
Other schools don't have windows or roofs, so, when it rains,
the children are sent home. In some schools like the one
pictured below right, classes are run in outdoor school yards.
As one teacher commented "We lack everything from school books
to desks, water and sanitation facilities, computers, libraries,
and other basic learning materials. The other big problem is