🇿🇦 South Africa

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About the country

South Africa is a large southern African country with a population of approximately 60.3 million people. The country has many large cities, with Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Ethekwini being the largest. 


South Africa has 11 official languages: Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English, Sepedi, Setswana, Sesotho, Xitsonga, Swati, Tshivenda, and Ndebele. The median age is 27.1 years. 94.4% of the population is said to be literate by age 15. South Africa spends 5.9% of its GDP on education. According to UNESCO, only 16.2% of children achieve minimum proficiency standards in mathematics by the end of grade 2 or 3. 

Our programs

The Age of Learning Foundation delivers one program in South Africa. Our Educational TV initiative supports the country’s foundational literacy and numeracy agenda.

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Learning poverty is preventing children from learning reading and math, and life skills in Africa, Central America, South Asia, and the Middle East. But you can help change that.