Africa and Education: Are We Educating The Next Generation To Take Over The Baton of Economic Development Without The Need To Re-Invent Great Establishments of Previous Generations?
Education can be broadly termed as the backbone of any community’s growth and development. This perception or belief can be best illustrated by looking at how communities with high literacy rate tend to outscore those with the low literacy level regarding growth, innovation and fair policy development.
Africa’s literacy level is low compared to that of western continents like Europe, China and The USA, continents that we work closely with many times and attempt to compete with quite often. Reality shows that countries with higher literacy rates experience more growth and developmental policy creation compared to those with low literacy rate and many African countries depict clear examples of this equation. Seychelles, Equatorial Guinea, and South Africa share the title of being the most educated African countries according to www.worldatlas.com and they are a few of the countries thriving better economically in Africa. On the flip side, South Sudan, Burkina Faso and Niger rank lowest of in world literacy levels and they are some of the lowest performing African countries economically. Education is clearly a factor that determines the developmental state and potentials of a nation. Africa must practice “No child left behind educationally”. We must work to enrich every citizen with the knowledge needed to grow, prosper and excel in any chosen profession.
Leaders of African countries have to rise to the urgent mandate of implementing better education-friendly laws and policies that will revolutionise the education sector of the continent and in turn contribute to developments by well-educated, aid-independent citizens.
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