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Angola - Summary

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The government of Angola has outlined excellent priorities in its efforts to improve the country's extremely poor educational system. But unless armed combat comes to a complete halt, little can be done to improve conditions nationwide. At the very minimum, financial resources must be committed to rehabilitation and construction of schools, acquiring instructional materials and equipment, and in greatly increasing teacher training and pay. Without tremendously improving literacy, Angola can never develop much beyond the limits of a separate, educated, elite class. However, even more pressing concerns than education compete for government funding. In a nation where half of the population is under 15 years of age and where only one in four children makes it to his or her fifth birthday, basic health and safety of the nation's youth must be improved before education can be given the priority it deserves.


The Embassy of the Republic of Angola, Washington, D.C. O Pensador. Angolan Mission to the United Nations, March 2001. Available from http://www.angola.org/.

The International Rescue Committee. Recovering From Thirty Years of War: Refugee Women and Children in Angola. Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children, December 1996. Available from http://www.intrescom.org.

Tvedten, Inge. Angola: Struggle for Peace and Reconstruction. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1997.

United Nations. Relief Web. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 201. Available from http://reliefweb.int/.

United States Committee for Refugees. Country Report: Angola. Worldwide Refugee Information, 2000. Available from http://www.refugees.org/.

United States Library of Congress. Angola: A Country Study. Federal Research Division, February 1989. Available from http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/.

—Michèle Moragné e Silva

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