Education in Africa is failing its people.

Author:Djanie, Akua
Position:Regulars - Column
 
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There is something inherently wrong with the educational institutions and systems across Africa There must be How else can we explain why Africa is not producing entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, famous public speakers etc?

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So the year 2011 is almost over. And what a year it has been. But I am not talking about the hard, running news here. No, no, no, I am not talking about any of those truly memorable events of 2011 that have kept most of us glued to our TV news screens throughout [ed: see our cover story]. I am talking rather selfishly of my own 2011 shocker ... the fact that I have left my beloved Ghana to move back to the UK. Why, you may well ask. You are not alone. I ask myself that same question every day! But seriously, I was driven to make this move because of my children's education.

You see, there is something inherently wrong with the educational institutions and systems across Africa. There must be. How else can we explain why Africa is not producing entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, famous public speakers etc? Yet within the diaspora there are Africans and people of African descent excelling in all manner of fields. For example, people such as Dr Mark Dean, an African-American inventor and computer expert who played a key role in the development of the PC and David Adjaye, the award-winning, world-renowned architect. It must therefore be because there is something seriously wrong with education across Africa.

Because the reality is African students are not graduating out of our educational institutions as experts. Apart from a few professions such as medicine our graduates are not using whatever knowledge they have gained gainfully. Where are our scientists? Where are the product designers? Where are our engineers, entrepreneurs, inventors? Where are they all? Where are our charismatic leaders? Our public speakers? Africans, like many other people of the world, use modern products. For example in the past, when we may have used other methods such as chewing sticks to brush our teeth, today many of us use toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Yet not many Africans are producing such products. Granted, there are multinational companies employing local Africans to manufacture some products and Africa does have some local manufacturers, but I am talking about Africans ourselves owning and operating large-scale industries. I am talking about Africans inventing new ways of doing old things. I am talking about...

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