Education is arguably the single most sustainable investment for every individual. The return on investment from education is unparalleled. As said by Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon of which you can use to change the world.” Our memories of our own education are often memories of our teachers, not only the methods and techniques. Teachers are the heart of the educational system.
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. Unfortunately, despite a future pointing decidedly in the direction that requires creative thinking and innovation, Africa’s current educational system is characterized by theoretical content, top-down teaching approaches and teachers who are either uncommitted or are paid less than what they deserve. Education becomes ineffective when it is structured to end at the walls of a school, or institution. Quality education must transcend the school walls to accommodate workplace immersion, soft skills and ethical leadership.
As we celebrate International Literacy Day, I’d like to share some recommendations for educational reforms that are practical, scalable and sustainable across Africa. These recommendations have the potential to reform the educational system to bring value to governments, school administrators, teachers, learners, and the society. They are:
Author: Harrison Owusu, Development and Partnerships Manager at JA Africa