BRISTOL, United Kingdom — When it comes to supporting graduates, AU Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA) has made a big leap forward with the acknowledgment of key tools that help alumni progress in the real world.
As identified by CESA – information, communication and technology (ICT) play a huge part in supporting graduates, ensuring they contribute to social economic development by increasing the likelihood of their success and making certain they improve the quality of service provision and delivery.
ICT creates opportunities for creativity, entrepreneurship and employment, versatility in teaching, overcoming the “limitations of time and space” for a variety of learner demands and boosting the self-worth of graduates at all levels. The new approach will help transform the education sector in Africa beyond what it was previously capable of.
EDUCATION EXPO IN AFRICA
The African Union hosts the annual Innovating Education in Africa Expo to highlight real-world social and technical advancements aimed at improving access, effectiveness, applicability and inclusion in education in order to unleash the potential for independence, employment, and creativity.
Five girls and young women in Africa have received awards from the two Innovating Education Expo in Africa events held in 2018 and 2019 for their work towards achieving Agenda 2063’s “Aspiration 6,” which aims to give rise to a continent whose progress revolves around creating a stimulating environment where locals can thrive.
WOMEN THAT MADE A DIFFERENCE
The Expo’s top innovator of education in Africa was Susannah Farr, CEO of the Gold Youth Development Agency (GYDA) in South Africa. Her organization is dedicated to helping young people at the local level through an interpersonal methodology that is reproducible, adaptable and views every young person on the continent as a “potential future nation-builder”.
The agency’s goal is to utilize young people’s positive influence over their peers to promote enduring changes in educational and behavioral practices. GYDA is looking at ways to improve school results in difficult situations and finding ways to fill job gaps in underdeveloped areas.
Around 55,000 young people have been reached using their research-based youth peer education methodology in 123 communities across 4 nations.
During the 2019 Innovating Education Expo, Anne, who was representing eLimu Kenya, a top supplier of digital educational content in East Africa, received second place. Her business developed the literacy software Hadithi Hadithi, which is aimed at young people who are not in school and small children in neighborhoods and refugee camps.
The software, which is available in English, Swahili and Somali, offers students the ability to read real-life tales that show a glimpse of what life in Africa is like. Hadithi Hadithi also provides a platform for local talent as the stories are written by Kenyan teachers and illustrated by artists all around East Africa.
The educational content doesn’t stop at just telling stories, the software includes various activities for spelling and writing, forming a teaching methodology known as “Reading to Learn”, a technique that is believed to enhance student’s performance and is four times more effective than conventional practices.
WOMEN AS ENTREPRENEURS
According to reports by the World Bank, women make up more than half of all business owners in Africa, yet they only make on average 66 cents for every $1 that men make in earnings. However, just 3% of the early-stage investment has gone to all-female starting teams since 2013, compared to 76% for all-male startups, and this percentage fell to less than 1% in 2021. Helping female entrepreneurs as they expand their enterprises offers a chance to advance gender equality while also bringing about broader advantages for local communities and promoting economic growth throughout Africa.
Africa recognizes that heavy investment in education and research, particularly at the postsecondary level, are necessary for social and economic progress.
Education is a basic human right and is also essential to expanding work and income options. It is essential to ending the poverty cycle.
– Ralitsa Pashkuleva