Online Education - Africa

  • Africa
  • Revenue in the Online Education market is projected to reach US$885.70m in 2024.
  • Revenue is expected to show an annual growth rate (CAGR 2024-2028) of 10.53%, resulting in a projected market volume of US$1,322.00m by 2028.
  • The Online Learning Platform market has a projected market volume of US$429.50m in 2024.
  • In global comparison, most revenue will be generated in the United States (US$87,510.00m in 2024).
  • The average revenue per user (ARPU) in the Online Education market is projected to amount to US$38.44 in 2024.
  • In the Online Education market, the number of users is expected to amount to 30.5m users by 2028.
  • User penetration in the Online Education market will be at 1.8% in 2024.

Key regions: United States, China, Asia, Japan, Germany

Region comparison

Analyst Opinion

The Online Education market in Africa has been experiencing significant growth in recent years, driven by various factors such as increasing internet penetration, rising demand for skills development, and the need for flexible learning options.

Customer preferences:
Customers in Africa are increasingly turning to online education as a convenient and accessible way to acquire new skills and knowledge. Online education platforms offer a wide range of courses and programs, allowing individuals to learn at their own pace and from anywhere with an internet connection. This flexibility is particularly appealing to working professionals and those with busy schedules. Additionally, online education provides access to high-quality educational resources and expertise that may not be readily available in certain regions of Africa.

Trends in the market:
One of the key trends in the online education market in Africa is the growing popularity of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). MOOCs are online courses that are open to anyone and typically offer interactive learning materials, quizzes, and assignments. These courses are often provided by prestigious universities and educational institutions from around the world, making them highly attractive to African learners seeking quality education. The availability of MOOCs has significantly expanded access to education in Africa, bridging the gap between traditional educational institutions and remote learners. Another trend in the market is the emergence of online education platforms tailored specifically for the African market. These platforms offer courses and programs that are relevant to the local context, addressing specific needs and challenges faced by African learners. For example, there are platforms that focus on providing vocational training and entrepreneurship skills, which are in high demand in Africa's rapidly evolving job market. This localized approach to online education is crucial in catering to the unique requirements of African learners and ensuring the relevance and applicability of the skills acquired.

Local special circumstances:
Africa is a diverse continent with varying levels of internet connectivity and infrastructure. While some countries have made significant progress in terms of internet penetration, others still face challenges in providing reliable and affordable internet access to their populations. This digital divide can limit the accessibility of online education in certain regions, particularly in rural areas. However, efforts are being made to improve internet infrastructure and connectivity across Africa, which will further contribute to the growth of the online education market.

Underlying macroeconomic factors:
The online education market in Africa is also influenced by broader macroeconomic factors. The continent is experiencing rapid urbanization and a growing middle class, which is driving demand for education and skills development. Additionally, Africa has a youthful population, with a significant proportion of the population under the age of 25. This demographic trend creates a large pool of potential learners who are eager to acquire new skills and improve their employability. The online education market is well-positioned to cater to this demand and provide accessible learning opportunities to the African youth. In conclusion, the online education market in Africa is witnessing significant growth due to increasing internet penetration, rising demand for skills development, and the need for flexible learning options. Customers in Africa are increasingly turning to online education platforms to acquire new skills and knowledge. The market is characterized by the growing popularity of MOOCs and the emergence of platforms tailored for the African market. However, challenges such as the digital divide and varying levels of internet connectivity exist, which can limit the accessibility of online education in certain regions. Nonetheless, the underlying macroeconomic factors, including rapid urbanization, a growing middle class, and a youthful population, provide a favorable environment for the continued expansion of the online education market in Africa.


Data coverage:

The data encompasses B2C enterprises. Figures are based on Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) and represent what consumers pay for these products and services. The user metrics show the number of customers who have made at least one online purchase within the past 12 months.

Modeling approach / Market size:

Market sizes are determined through a bottom-up approach, building on predefined factors for each market segment. As a basis for evaluating markets, we use annual financial reports of the market-leading companies, third-party studies and reports, as well as survey results from our primary research (e.g., the Statista Global Consumer Survey). In addition, we use relevant key market indicators and data from country-specific associations, such as GDP, GDP per capita, and internet connection speed. This data helps us estimate the market size for each country individually.


In our forecasts, we apply diverse forecasting techniques. The selection of forecasting techniques is based on the behavior of the relevant market. For example, the S-curve function and exponential trend smoothing. The main drivers are internet users, urban population, usage of key players, and attitudes toward online services.

Additional notes:

The market is updated twice a year in case market dynamics change. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war are considered at a country-specific level. GCS data is reweighted for representativeness.


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