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Unlocking the Potential of Africa’s Next Generation: 20 critical Points Raised at the State of Education in Africa

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Bidemi Ojo on September 7, 2015 - 8:17 am in Education, Interviews, News & Media

The State of Education in Africa Conference 2015 was held in Lagos on September 2, 2015 and organised by the Africa- America Institute and sponsored by Ford Foundation and the World Bank.

The President/ CEO of the Africa- America Institute, Amini Kajunju said during her welcome adress that the event is focused on Innovative Approaches to Africa’s Education to consolidate on the considerable progress and achievements made in the education sector in Africa and to draw attention to critical key areas of improvement.

 

20 Critical Points Raised At The State Of Education in Africa Conference 2015

  1. Convert religious centres such as churches and mosques that are empty during the day to classrooms in educationally under-served areas in Africa. ~ Ndidi Nwuneli, Founder, LEAP Africa
  2. Agriculture studies’ curriculum should be reviewed to focus more on the Business dimension of Agriculture to enhance job creation.~ Ndidi Nwuneli, Founder, LEAP Africa
  3. Private Sector involvement in Education in Africa will augment government’s efforts.~ Lawalley Cole; Coordinator, Working Group on Community for Education and Development, Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), African Development Bank
  4. Quality Assurance of Education (Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Cultural Values) should be the yardstick of competition among schools in Africa~ Limbani Nsapato, Regional Coordinator, The Africa Network Campaign on Education for All (ANCEFA), Zambia
  5. The Education Curriculum in Africa should be tailored to suit the need of a particular environment. ~Lawalley Cole; Coordinator, Working Group on Community for Education and Development, Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), African Development Bank
  6. Attending a university is as dignifying as attending a Technical College; parents should note this! GE has a 2-year intensive course to re-align graduates with what is obtainable in the industry~ Yemi Fajemirokun, General Electric, Nigeria
  7. The education system in Africa should be reworked to prepare graduates to be job creators and not seekers. ~Olive Branch, Resource Mobilization Manager for Economic Projects Transformational Facility & Adjunct Faculty, Catholic University of East Africa, Kenya
  8. A close partnership between tertiary institutions and the industries in Africa should be worked-out for a continuous curriculum review. Representative of the Sector Manager for Education in Central and West Africa, World Bank
  9. The major education deficit that has been overlooked for years as observed in Morrocco, for instance is in the area of soft skills.~ Ahmed Legrouri, Academic Program Manager, African School of Economics, Princeton University
  10. Parents must realise that they are their children’s the first teachers; the teachers are only assisting. ~ Prof Pat Utomi, Founder/CEO, Centre for Values in Values in Leadership
  11. The obsession with tertiary eduaction should be curtailed; primary education is the most important. ~ Prof Pat Utomi, Founder/CEO, Centre for Values in Values in Leadership
  12. A continuous licence validation exercise for teachers will help improve their competency. ~ Pius Achanga, Head of University Affairs, National Council of Higher Education (NCHE), Uganda
  13. A teacher’s crash program should be given to National Youth Corps (NYSC) members during the orientation camping, since majority are posted to teach in schools especially in rural areas. ~Oluyomi Ola-David, Development Economist and Faculty Member, Department of Economics and Development Studies, Covenant University, Nigeria
  14. The governments in Africa should try to draw the line between teacher qualification and knowledge dissemination ability in order to establish a benchmark for teacher recruitment. ~Ola David, Head of Innovations, Connect Academia; Education Advisor, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations
  15. Teacher educators are often overlooked; the governments in Africa should adopt an innovative and problem-based learning approaches to teachers’ training.~ Ola David, Head of Innovations, Connect Academia; Education Advisor, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations 
  16. Poor teacher wages should be looked into by African governments, also the best brains should be sent to the classroom. ~ Ola David, Head of Innovations, Connect Academia; Education Advisor, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations
  17. Government in Africa should offer free and qualitative education to intending teachers; that will go a long way to address the acute shortage of teachers.~ Julius S. Nelson, Jr., Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, University of Liberia
  18. Energizing and unlocking bright minds for a bright future in STEM in Africa is possible with continous science laboratory equipping, teacher capcity upgrade, more time at practical sessions and e-library set-up. ~Prof Doyayi M. Aminu, Study Group Coordinator, Institute for Security Studies, Abuja and Visiting Professor, Distance Learning Centre, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  19. Creating science and technology summer camps with lots of simulation tools including establishing a quota system to encourage female participation will go a long way in boosting Africa’s economy through innovation and invention. ~ Marcel Silue, Associate Dean, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), International University of Grand-Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire
  20. A culture of innovation should be imbibed in our young people across Africa because we live in a technology future. ~ Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Co-founder and Director Recruitment, Andela

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