We all know education is important for us in Africa; especially now when the percentage of the those with access to credible free education is reducing instead of increasing; especially now when we need our development to be internal and not imported every time we need to develop, improve and grow.
In Africa our governments take education for granted far too much; Africans have refused to stop bickering and have started moving towards holding governments in Africa accountable for their acts of governance in Africa. Given, we have the African Commission, but even the Sovereignty the Commission has is dependent on the type of power and respect accorded it by Heads of States of signatories to its Charter. So it is almost pointless dragging a state to the African Commission to compel it to invest in education per the Articles of the African Charter.
African governments and Africans must realise that education is very important; it is important to the development of all the sectors of the African economy. One cannot make an attempt to develop a country filled with people who have no idea how public infrastructure works; or with people who have no idea how basic computers work; or how the internet works; which is why governments spend too much on training its workforce when the requisite training ought to have been infused in the curriculum of each state’s educational system.
Education is expensive, however with Open Education it ought to be cheap. Where a state is paying attention to the wrong things like “free food for students”, “free notebooks for students” etc. and refused to focus on the issues like improving the curriculum; ensuring that teachers are adequately remunerated; ensuring that education at the primary level is completely free and also the resources used are governed by the rules of Open Educational Resources; so these resources may be easily adapted with time and ease under creative commons Licences and so on. Most importantly, governments in Africa should ensure that children actually go to school and are not roaming the streets during school times.
In Africa, governments are always priding themselves with their “young people are the leaders of tomorrow” slogan; however the same government has refused to equip these leaders of tomorrow with the basic skills and education they need to tackle the challenges of tomorrow; which in essence creates a continual and consistent dependence on external aid for “African problems” that could normally have been sold by Africa itself.
Africans are not lazy, lacking in ideas, unintelligent or lacking in creativity; however Africans leaders are, and if care is not taken, African leaders will lead the continent and its people to its early demise.