Pan African Connection
Bringing Literacy, Education and Development to disadvantaged communities across Africa
It is a well documented fact that a given population that has a high rate of illiteracy will have lower levels
of GDP per capita. In 21st Century living, education is a prerequisite to attaining meaningful employment.
Sadly, many parts of Sub-Saharan Africa still have challenges in the area of illiteracy.
Economic development goals set by many of these same countries have not borne out the intended
result. There are many factor, the cyclical prices of commodities, the explosive growth of the population,
lack of infrastructure, lack of a technocratic base at the government and others that can be listed. But
commesurate with all this is the inability of many people to be productive because of a lack of education.
Lest it be denied, concomitant with these conditions is corruption, that will be accentuated by illiteracy
and lack of education.
Government or international organizations that bring a variety of programs into these communities face a
tremendous drag on their effectiveness. The uptake of programs will remain difficult as long as there are
high rates of illiteracy, job prospects will also be very minimal.
From statistics compiled by SPESSA from 2005 the following graph shows the top 20 countries in Africa
that have a significant problem in this area:
The most important aspect to keep in mind is that illiteracy will engender a sizable and permeating host
of problems, not least because the people affected have no alternative to the problems that surround
them and no discernible access to better information.
Please read the other pages on this website that share some light on the need to bring education to
these remote and under served communities rich in resources, of which the human capital is most
One of the strong emphasis of this project is to work with these communities to improve their economic
development, that ultimately is the best guarantor of their viability.
There has been some progress since these figures and ideas were first proposed in 2006. However the
need is still there as advances that had been made under better economic conditions have retrenched
in some areas. The need for the services proposed by Pan-African are no less needed today, actually
there is a greater need for the suite of services envisioned.