There is a desperate shortage of teachers in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Each day, 38 million children in Africa do not attend primary school and it is estimated that 3 million more primary school teachers are needed across the region. Severe economic and health problems are at the root of the crisis. HIV/AIDS has decimated the population, and many potential teachers are choosing better paid employment.
Despite this, many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are pushing forward strongly to meet a goal of universal primary education by 2015. The OU has a vital role to play in this, and is helping to develop a school-based training programme for unqualified and under-qualified teachers working in primary schools.