The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the true goal of education. – Martin Luther King, Jr
Education is crucial to self, community and national development. It is one tool that can bring social, economic and political change to Africa.
There’s little done to improve the African education sector by governments. So the work shouldn’t be left to African governments alone. To forge a brighter future, we need to work extensively to revive the nursery, primary and secondary education sectors in most African countries. These sectors are in a very bad state, especially in West Africa.
In some areas, school facilities are dilapidated. Buildings are in ruins, some do not have rooftops and some learn in the open, under the sun’s heat. We have records of children learning in flooded classes, in roofless halls and very bad academic environment. Some teachers are not truly teachers, just victims of unemployment. Salaries are sometimes withheld, why? I can’t even say. A time will come for that.
For teaching efficiency, I recommend training, more training and continued training of teachers and the education workforce. Knowledge is not static, it is dynamic and changes almost each day. So training is key to efficiency and we must adopt new ways of teaching through use of the internet and other media. Payment of salaries is another issue facing the academic profession. Public school teachers are sometimes owed for months! Therefore teachers lose the morale to work. Tell me how working in such hard economic conditions can bring efficiency. Private school teachers are not paid well. The income is quite ridiculous for a graduate!
Management should include technical/commercial education curriculum in academic work. Some students do not really care for Maths or History, but if you raise a drawing/painting board you can buy them over. We can create a diverse academic environment that will from the scratch develop skills and talents in students while providing a basic education. The convention of attaching core subjects status to some selected disciplines should be abolished. Allow students grow into their skin, on their best ability, preference of thought and pace (time). Government should partner with the ‘private sector’ to renovate schools and provide academic materials for teachers and students. Schools should endeavor to teach students in local languages as well as the lingua franca. Success comes from within and we will get there some day.
I will update more on my thoughts on Africa later. Have a great day.
Good morning from West Africa.