The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) has raised concerns over reduced donor aid for education to Kenya and other sub-Saharan African countries.
According to the latest Unesco Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, education donation went down by four percent, or $600 million (Sh60.7 billion) between 2013 and 2014. The report says the sector is falling further down on donor’s priority list.
Kenya, Unesco says, received $152 million (Sh15.3 billion) in donor aid in 2013 and Sh10 billion in 2014.
Aid channelled towards basic education also dropped from $80 million (Sh8.09 billion) in 2013 to $57 million (Sh5.76 billion) in 2014.
Consequently, the amount each child received in terms of donor aid dropped from $11 (Sh1,113) in 2013 to $8 (Sh809) in 2014. Director of the GEM Report Aaron Benavot regretted the trend, and questioned the criteria international donors are using to allocate funds to various sectors.
“It is disheartening to see that international aid to education is going in the wrong direction. This will make education progress extremely difficult, if not impossible, for many countries still reliant on financial support from donors. And early indications of aid flows for 2015 do not leave much room for optimism,” he said.
The share of sub-Saharan Africa in total aid to basic education has plummeted from 49 per cent to 28 per cent in the period covered by the report.
Regions whose donor aid share increased in this period include North Africa and Western Asia.