African Education and Governance- What’s the way forward?
African Education should be our priority.
The population of Africa is currently slated at 1.111 billion and still booming. According to statistics,182 million adults are unable to read and write, excluding over 30 million children between the ages of two and ten who are currently not in school. Education is no doubt the core foundation of societal development, it is crucial to the very foci of nation building. As a matter of fact, we cannot mention development in Africa without scoring the educational sector.
However, carrying out our own due diligence on the improvements in the educational sector especially in the rural areas. Here’s what we found. From 1991 to 2016 we should expect a projected 30% hike in the educational statistics, but is that good enough for a continent with over 50% rural areas and yet on the verge of exploding in world population? We can’t continue to overlook the numerous setbacks that has beset the educational sector of Africa including but not limited to adequate funding for infrastructural development, poor quality of education in rural areas, diminishing teacher-student ratio in schools, unqualified staff, occasional strike and disruptive demonstrations from staff and student bodies, to mention but a few.
With these in mind, is Africa really developing or are we just like the proverbial man taking a step forward and ten more backward? Africa’s foundation is still very shaky, we cannot proudly talk about development or monumental changes in the illiteracy figures without taking both palliative and punitive measures to face these problems squarely because these changes have not even started occurring.
Likewise, the deplorable state of governance in Africa is nothing to write home about. The battles, power tussles and struggle for political dominance has left Africa focusing more on fighting corruption instead of the legal loop holes in the constitution that has continually left a certain class of people in control over the last century. Democracy, the supposed government for the people and by the people, the people in this instance being the masses, the average man. Unfortunately, the people’s governance now belongs only to a certain class, the high-net-worth, the elite. The masses on the other hand, the real people are barely the grass suffering from yet another elephant-clash. Considering this, is Africa democratic? Does our “democracy” truly represent the interest of the masses. How many common men can even run for a political position, after all, the stakes where never in their favor all along in terms of education. You see, Africa has just begun and the road stretches even further if we as a people refuse to stand up to the unfair status quo of our society.
So we ask, where is our future as a continent headed? In a world, where education from primary to tertiary level cannot be fully guaranteed, where statistics portray a workforce of over a billion adults, a world where education is the right of only the privileged and politics is merely another game of the influential. What percentage of people would be educated, what percentage can fully grasp control of governance in the next 20 years. Does every man stand a chance, is the life, the education of every African child truly secure? If questions like this keep going unanswered, we would all be forced to keep dreaming, keep imagining a million what-ifs till the next century.
Today, let’s put a magnifying glass over our children’s future, over the current state of governance and ask ourselves what-if, “what-if everyone in Africa had equal chances to Education and Governance?” – Enoch Kisumba Kathungu
Now that’s a question worth asking!