Africa remains the poorest continent in the world. The few privileged wealthy people in Africa always want their children to study and live in abroad. The smart ones in Africa are always working hard towards getting scholarship abroad to study, once they do that they remain abroad and never return home to make any impact on their home country with the knowledge they obtained through studying abroad. You don’t need to be a misfortune teller to tell that if something is not done about this, the most important resources of every nation , human resource, is going to get exponentially depleted in Africa during the coming days.
Teaching in Africa is one of the most underpaid occupations in Africa. Know very well that almost every job in Africa is an underpaid occupation. That makes teaching the worst of the worst. In view of this most smart people in Africa who could really make an impact in Africa’s future leaders by teaching them whilst they are young would rather strive for other relatively well paid occupations. And if for any reason the ‘smart’ and highly gifted African ends up being a teaching, the person would rather direct his/her energy and passion towards searching really hard for well paying occupations.
The situation here in Africa is worse than I am portraying and it is going to get worse in the foreseeable near future if nothing is done about this. My late parents started with a school with the idea of helping the less privileged get access to quality education. I completed my first degree in Electrical Engineering and second degree in Computer engineering and I bought into the idea started by my late parents.
Now they are no more and obviously the finances required to maintain this school is very hard to come by. Most parents in Africa can hardly afford to pay school fees. And schools in Africa are collapsing or resorting to lower quality services provision.
I have been teaching at our school for almost ten years now and all I get from my school mates are usually discouragements. Once I tell them we can change and someone needs to start from somewhere all they say is that the system here in Africa is broken. I recently started a project of writing very comprehensive mathematics books for African children and the funds required for publishing this book is just being an impossible task.
Any little contribution you can make towards the guy who is determined to make a difference in his ‘broken system country’ could go well in changing the life of a poor African.