Mauritania Profile

Schools for Africa

A girl writes Arabic script on the blackboard in the one-room school in Bagdada in the Tagant region.
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UNICEF has been in Mauritania since 1985, working to build an environment where all children can access quality education.  Between 2008 and 2015, UNICEF helped improve completion rates for primary school students in their sixth year, from 59 per cent to 80 per cent. In 2012, UNICEF began leading education efforts for Malian children at the M’Berra refugee camp in southern Mauritania. In 2017, UNICEF provided direct training to 10,200 parents, building their child care capacity. The same year, UNICEF ensured quality education for more than 17,000 primary and secondary school children. UNICEF also provided education opportunities to more than 3,000 out-of-school children, allowing them to be reinserted in the formal education system or to receive vocational training. Today UNICEF is a trusted government partner and also serves as the coordinating agency for the comprehensive five-year education sector plan, leading all planning, implementing and monitoring activities. UNICEF’s focus is scaling pre-school education opportunities; reducing school exclusions, with a strong focus on girls; and supporting both Koranic institutions – these offer religious and moral instruction to children aged 5–14 years – and their students. UNICEF helps these schools meet quality standards and ensure that those attending them can transition to formal education systems.

A girl writes Arabic script on the blackboard in the one-room school in Bagdada in the Tagant region.

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