In December 2018, I was one the volunteers that travelled to the Republic of Guinea with URBOND chairman Mr Ousmane Drame. We witnessed the poor education system and the struggle many people in Guinea are currently facing. The education crisis in Guinea is very serious and it adversely affects rural areas more than urban ones and should not underestimate the long-term consequences of continued poverty and socioeconomic inequalities in rural areas.

Given the significance amount of poverty in rural areas in Guinea it should come as no surprise that rural schoolchildren are the most disadvantaged when it comes to quality of education. We witnessed that Koutaya (a rural area) has no school children must therefore walk kilometres to get an education. We also witnessed that Dubreka has a low number of qualified teachers and not enough teachers for the number of children enrolled in school. I strongly believe that poor quality education available in rural areas will only continue to perpetuate long-term poverty in the region. It is a vicious cycle that we most all work together and put an end to.

Most parents I had the chance to speak to say that the quality of education for their children is very bad. The extra costs of education is too much and getting to school is very difficult challenge for the children. In rural areas due to education barriers family members have to force their children to drop out of school entirely.