The government has overall responsibility for education. The elementary education, which is six years old, starts at the age of six. Secondary school starts at the age of 12 and comprises two stages, a first stage of four years and a later of three years. In 2006, 38% (42% of boys and 34% of girls) of children of primary school age were enrolled in schools. However, only 35% complete primary school. About 68% (78% of men and 58% of women) of the adult population are literate. In 2006, 22.4% of the state budget was invested in education.
Djibouti flag source: Countryaah.com
Djibouti has received bilateral loans from France, Saudi Arabia and the EC (EU) to develop the education system. Educational opportunities are relatively good in the capital, while the rural population and especially the nomadic population have difficulty accessing education. In addition to state education, there are also mission schools. In 2006, the country’s first university was founded, in the capital Djibouti. Previously, those who wanted to have a college education applied abroad, mainly to France.