DIAMOND REVENUES ENABLE EVERY CHILD IN BOTSWANA TO RECEIVE FREE EDUCATION UP TO THE AGE OF 13.
Many African countries do not have sufficient tax revenues to pay for public education, unlike countries in many other parts of the world. Most African governments therefore need to charge students and their families for education. Botswana, with the help of diamond revenues, is one of the exceptions.
When diamonds were discovered in Botswana in 1966, there were only three secondary schools; today, due to revenues from diamonds, there are more than 300. Where children 40 years ago had no access to schooling or received lessons in the open air, they now have classrooms, sports equipment and books. Free schooling starts for children as young as six years old and continues throughout primary education. Even after the age of 13, secondary education is 95% funded by the government, enabling children to stay in school longer. The goal is to improve personal development and literacy rates that will pave the way for future generations.
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- Ministry of Education, Botswana 2006