In connection with the independence of the Central African Republic in 1960, an ambitious educational program was adopted. However, the realization of this has been slow, mainly for financial reasons. In addition, during Bozizé’s military coup in 2003, a large part of the country’s schools were destroyed, and then continued political unrest and teacher strikes contributed to a strongly neglected educational system. The great shortage of teachers has been exacerbated by the AIDS epidemic. In 2006 there was a teacher of 77 pupils. Officially, schooling is compulsory between the ages of 6-14, but in practice, almost half of the children in primary school age receive schooling. The differences are large between the sexes; 53% of boys but only 38% of girls go to school. Only about 10% of young people start high school. In 2006, about 49% of the adult population was literate.
|Land area||622,984 km²|
|Residents per km²||9.6|
|Official language||French and Sango|
|Income per capita||700 USD|
|Currency||CFA franc BEAC|
|ISO 3166 code||CF|
|Time zone UTC||+ 1|
|Geographic coordinates||7 00 N, 21 00 O|
The country’s only university is located in the capital Bangui and has a philosophy, law and medical faculty. There are also four colleges. The language of instruction is French and a large number of students receive their education in France. In 2006, expenditure on education accounted for 1.4% of GDP.
Central African Republic flag source: Countryaah.com