Why Education?Societies that make education their top development priority, are more resilient, prosperous, just and peaceful.
The Education Landscape
“The relationship between poor school infrastructure and results is evident…
…Education should be a life-long task. None of us ever reach a point where we can stop learning! That said, education is especially rooted in how we bring up our children, nurturing them in mind, heart, soul, and body… I call for us all to commit ourselves to a better education for all with a bias towards redress in rural and township areas.”
– Archbishop Thabo Makgoba
The Education Landscape Sub-Saharan Africa is plagued by low-quality education deficiencies.
“The barriers that keep children out of school are formidable and numerous. Often, parents cannot afford the direct and indirect costs, such as school books and uniforms, of their children’s schooling. Qualified teachers are in short supply, and many schools are located far away from children’s homes, a factor that can increase the risk of sexual abuse and harassment for girls. Lack of access to safe water and separate latrines for boys and girls can also discourage children, especially girls, from attending school.
These barriers, coupled with other obstacles – disability, exclusion and emergencies, for example – create high levels of out-of-school children”
UNICEF: Eastern & Southern Africa Overview
Nelson Mandela once said,
“Education is the engine to personal development,
it is through education that the daughter of a peasant
can become a doctor,
that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine,
that the child of a farm worker can become the president of a nation”