Give African individuals access to emancipating education in line with their culture and market needs.
“The current African demographic and economic context has built a momentum we do not want to miss. The time has come to take daring approaches. Online education is a formidable tool to effectively implement them.”Kenza BennisPresident of eEducation.Africa
This manifesto is an attempt to respond to a number of issues concerning the African education system that stands at a crossroad in the current African socio-political environment.
Emerging out of decades of stagnation, Africa is the world’s most youthful continent with some 200 million young people between ages 15 and 24. More students than ever before in history are enrolled in schools throughout Africa. And by 2040, the world’s largest labor force will be in Africa with an estimated working age population of 1 billion. However, there is a deeper learning crisis at play: the quality of education in Africa is in a perilous state, and many employers across Africa repeatedly cite insufficiently skilled labor as a bottleneck to growth.
Africa is indeed facing a severe shortage of highly-skilled African talent as it is now home to seven of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies. The rapidly growing working age population is a wake-up call to take action to boost job creation and innovation through strong education systems capable of enhancing Africa’s global competitiveness and creating decent employment.
The principles of this manifesto aims to underline the foundations of a system capable of educating a skilled workforce serving a perennial economic development while building societies enjoying full political rights.
The word “education” has 2 different latin roots. They are “educare” which means to train, instruct or to mold, and “educere” meaning to lead or draw out.
Hence, the initial objective of education is to guide individuals to become autonomous creators capable of finding solutions to problems yet unknown. It is not only about instructing, but most importantly about teaching questioning, critical thinking, and creativity.
In order to achieve this process of emancipation, the authority providing the training, needs to have an understanding for what the reason and purpose of educating learners. That is why we believe it is necessary to associate education with clear vision that enhances the full potential of learners.
It is a fundamental path to building societies enjoying human rights and freedom that ensures prosperity.
3. Free Access to High-Quality Education
Today, quality content is already all over the internet for free. We believe e-learning platforms’ role is to curate content, guide learners, and if not facilitate finding a job, offer a validation of trainings that does it.
4. Adequacy of Curriculums with Market Needs
The quality of education offered within a country is a strong predictor of economic growth rates according to the World Bank. African nations stand to benefit from a better-educated labor market where workers possess the skills and knowledge to compete in a knowledge-based fast-paced economy.
New skills are required every day to solve problems that did not exist a short time ago. To date, online education is the most effective solution to regularly update curriculums in order to keep up with market needs and stay competitive.