Back to basics! Education is the centre point of economic growth and the most powerful means to advance a society. Education is critical for the progress of African countries: an educated society is able to build the foundations of social well-being, political and economic security and technological and scientific advancement. Unfortunately, there are some African countries where education is still not a top priority, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, where nations have remained in conflict for quite a long time.
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“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
"With a boom in the information technology, Africa has taken a leap forward in educational progress."
Education making headway!
Where is Africa going in the field of education? Africa is an emerging market for an E-learning platform. With a boom in information technology, Africa has taken a leap forward in educational progress, with the use of mobile phones and smartphones having facilitated accessibility to education. Encouraging interactive learning is the main objective due to being one of the most dynamic e-learning platforms worldwide. This new trend has recently shown an explosive demand which shows reason to believe in African countries to succeed now and for the future.
Brick-and-mortar institutions are still vital, however, for a good education system to be in place. Teaching and learning have been challenges for some African communities due to the lack of a proper infrastructure. A debate has recently been opened by various journalists from several media sources: should developments in education be a priority, or is infrastructure more important? The debate is still ongoing as both are necessary for the continent’s development.
Challenges of Education
Internet users and the connectivity – Without ease of access to internet, African countries will struggle to keep up. The 10 countries considered to be at their lowest in terms of connectivity are: Ethiopia, Niger, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Somalia, Burundi, Eritrea and South Sudan.
Modernized training – Those teaching in the African continent only know limited access to technology. Understanding that information technology is the new source of learning, the challenge is to provide the educators suitable training and professional development. Progress still needs to be made.
Are you thinking about teaching in Africa?
Educational institutions in Africa are often struggling with a lack of staff and with poor resources, but if you are willing to improve this situation, teaching is a good option. Depending on your skills and talents, if you’re planning to teach in African schools, be ready to live a life-changing experience offering a unique opportunity to grow.
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