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©Tom Pietrasik/ ActionAid
©Tom Pietrasik/ ActionAid
Under these themes below we try to represent country-specific information in comparative tables, providing an overview and a good point of departure for studying what else goes on, in the region or at the international level, and for highlighting trends or the systematic ignoring of standards.


At What Age...? Comparative table

Fee or for free in Africa

Fees in primary school by region

Guarentees vs Targets

Law versus political commitments



We have tried to present the most relevant, accurate and up-to-date information, but there will inevitably be errors, subjective choices, and inconsistencies in the information provided here due to the many people involved in this work, as well as references to laws that have been changed or constitutions that have been amended. We try to monitor and to keep abreast of these developments, but with 192 countries in our database, it is very difficult. It is therefore very important that one verifies any fact before contemplating legal action or mobilisation, so that this database only serves as an inspiration for seeking further information..