Yet transforming Africa’s education system must start with us – the youth, educated or not, with or without a job, those who are involved in politics, and those who hate anything to do with the madness otherwise referred to as politics, those who truly care for and see education as the only tool to ending most of the challenges Africa faces. Youth must lead, the governments will catch up.
Africa needs a system of learning that will promote creativity, innovation, curiosity and individualism— four attributes our generation severely need. The main reason as to why the quality of education has drastically gone down is the falling competitiveness of most public schools. The good news is that more people now have access to schooling.
Let us move to how “learning” happens – the system. In most schools, students are made to wake up before the crack of dawn and sit in a classroom listening to one teacher after another. They write notes cover to cover from morning to evening with only one and a half hours worth of breaks in between, only to be given a vulgar load of homework to take home due very early the next morning. Such is the practice at the best schools we have.
At this rate, we should be full of geniuses! But are we? Sadly not. Such a system breeds children who are brilliant at recreation but are hopeless at creation.
Allow children to be children! Give them time to explore, experiment… Give them ground to challenge themselves and thus, develop their individuality!
Learning ought to be fun!