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Education: The Case Of Africa



The African Child

Recently, some countries in Africa have made efforts to strengthen their education to meet standards set by some countries like Denmark, Finland, Germany, just to mention a few. Ghana, for instance, has rolled out a free senior high school system that allows students who qualify (by making good grades) to access a complete second cycle education for free. Absolutely free. Tuition, books, and even food is said to be provided for both day and boarding students. That is comforting to know.

Ghana is said to be a pioneer in the West African subregion to roll out such educational policy. Private owned schools in Rwanda are said to be closing down due to the effectiveness of the public school system. Gambia also have something similar. And that is a good sign. A sign that African countries are committed to providing accessible quality education, which forms part of the globally accepted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As we have continually spoken of how governments and stakeholders have to invest in the education of the youth, it is equally important that we consider the kind of education. Is it the education that is tailored towards the needs of our economy? Or an education that just churns out graduates with certificates, but without skills? We have got to take a second look at our curricula. Kenya has also began efforts to make some reforms to their educational curricula. Africa needs Africans with African solutions to solve their African problems. And it begins with education.

Ghana’s free education policy has made secondary education accessible to all. What remains is strengthen the system and make it of high quality. One that can be compared to those of Rwanda, Finland, Denmark and all the other countries people like to go for education. When this is achieved, it would not be surprising to see foreign nationals make Ghana their number one choice for quality education.

Kwame Nkrumah, the man who envisioned a Ghana where education is accessible and free notes, “it is clear that we must find an African solution to our problems, and that this can only be found in African unity. Divided we are weak; united, Africa could become one of the greatest forces for good in the world”. People from the world over will love to be here. They will enjoy our beautiful scenery. Great people. Savor our culture and heritage. Learn our languages, while being in a “comfortable lead” in education. It’s a win win for Africa.

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