Life for children in Africa varies in each area of the continent. Many children do not go to school at all and those who do, usually do not go longer than the age of sixteen. There are some private schools and schools that are run by the government. Of course, the schooling that children receive in Africa is very dependent upon which part of Africa the children live. In many of the small village schools, the children often meet outside on benches on the ground while the teacher sits in front of them teaching. In Africa, the education system is usually based loosely on the British education system. There are seven years of elementary school and six years of secondary education. It seems that the current goal in Africa is to educate every student until at least sixteen years old. This however, is not happening. There are now universities in Africa to further education. The children of Africa love to learn and even the younger children beg to be allowed to listen at the back of the classroom.

Children throughout Africa enjoy playing many of the same sports we play. Soccer is one of their favorites.

Men are traditionally responsible for the heavy work in the rural villages. From the time that children are very young they are taught how to help out the family and far into their teenage years they work to provide for their family. Even students in the universities are generally trying to earn money to provide for their families.

Each area in Africa is different. The schools are different, the jobs are different and the political views and rules vary. Children everywhere, however, love to learn and play.