Education in Africa
Education can be likened to how a factory takes in raw materials and gives out a finished product ready for consumption. Africa at this stage has most of its countries adhering to some form of modalities regarding how people are educated. There’s usually a set of topics to imbibe at each stage of development of the African child. Currently, there is a general idea of what a child is supposed to know in certain age ranges, for example, a 10 to 13 year old child should be capable of performing basic arithmetic operations like addition, subtraction, etc. Can it be said that Africa’s basic education quality is at par with that of the western world counterparts? No or at least, not yet.
Education is one of the most addressed issues in the governmental space. Almost every leader is undertaking some project to elevate their current status of education. In Uganda for example, the examinations board of Uganda was helped with research on the practical entrepreneurial exam which was part of the country’s reforms back in 2012. The goal was to see whether introducing a practical assessment tool influenced teacher’s adoption of skill-based pedagogy. In Ghana also, there have been several reforms in the last decade including changing the number of years a senior high school student is required to do, changing the basic school syllabus among others, free senior high school education among others.
With the amount of effort that is going into these reforms listed above, there is a promise of seeing better education status one day. There are ground breaking research and projects geared toward education in Africa. The UNICEF innovation fund supported a virtual reality project embarked by some Ghanaians with the aim of improving how we learn by creating immersive learning experiences. This project can be classified as a far reaching educational reform in today’s age but one can have an idea what lies before us.
The journey to attaining higher heights in education is well underway and the more conversations we have about them, the better they become. The improvement may be slow but with the interventions of passionate educational reformers, the changes we so desire can be achieved.
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