HOW EDUCATION CAN TRANSFORM AFRICA

HOW EDUCATION CAN TRANSFORM AFRICA

Africa is the second-largest continent in the world, covering about one-fifth of the total land surface of the Earth. Africa’s total land area is approximately 11,724,00 square miles matched with an enormous wealth of mineral resources including fossil fuels, metallic ores, gems, and precious metals.

African nations typically fall toward the bottom of any list measuring small size economic activity, such as income per capita or GDP per capita, despite a wealth of natural resources. In 2009, 22 of 24 nations identified as having “Low Human Development” on the United Nations‘ (UN) Human Development Index were in Sub-Saharan Africa. In many nations, GDP per capita is less than US$5200 per year, with the vast majority of the population living on much less (according to World Bank data)

The extreme poverty level of many African countries has made the continent notably known for its high malnourished rate leading to diverse physical and mental underdevelopment mainly in children, high Infant mortality, disease among many other challenges.

Education is known to be an investment that contributes notably to national development. It immensely impacts the economy of a nation as enlightened people tend to contribute more towards the progress and development of the nation. According to a recent survey, providing a child with access to education can boost GDP by an average of 28% per year for the lower-income tier countries and 18% per year for high-income countries for the next 80 years.

Education is known to be an investment that contributes notably to national development. It immensely impacts the economy of a nation as enlightened people tend to contribute more towards the progress and development of the nation. According to a recent survey, providing a child with access to education can boost GDP by an average of 28% per year for the lower-income tier countries and 18% per year for high-income countries for the next 80 years.

It was Benjamin Franklin that said 

“An Investment in Knowledge pays the best Intrest”

 

Pushing education especially into higher educational stages immensely drives growth performance & prosperity. It fosters the economy through innovations and the development of higher skills. 

 

Just like it’s been seen in many developed nations where education had granted access towards invention, research, gender inclusion and so on resulting in a massive growth of the nations – when Africa nations beyond all the challenges faced invest in the education of its citizen it will create a space for remarkable progress impacting the future.

 

Investing in Education in Africa will lead to the following:

 

  • It will create a proper structure for Democracy. Education will increase political awareness among the people. People will have access to vote rightly and to make appropriate civic responsibility 

 

  • It will create economically stable nations. When people are equipped with the relevant skills they can contribute progressively into the nation’s economical growth. They can also produce products that can be sold in foreign markets

 

  • It will reduce Crimes and violence in the nation. Research has shown that when people get relevant enlightenment their income level increases shifting them beyond the poverty level which is majorly a motivation for a lot of crimes. It would prevent people from engaging in them.  

 

  • It becomes the catalyst for the future. Education gives people the power to make choices that can turn around people for good. It’s a powerful tool that can be used to create the desired future. 

 

As John F. Kennedy rightly expressed the power of a good education when he said: “Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.” 

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