Pan African Connection
Bringing Literacy, Education and Development to disadvantaged communities across Africa
The median age in Africa is under 16 years of age, showing us that the population of Sub-Saharan Africa
is going to experience exponential growth over the next 20-30 years.
Governments and other concerns that deal with planning and the implementation of policies to serve the
communities of Africa, often overlook one important item: the fluidity of populations.
People will tend to follow opportunity or the perception of opportunity which often translates into
aggregating flows of population into the urban centers.
But as has been noted before, unless they acquire skills and education in their rural surroundings, the
inflows of people into the urban communities will bring masses of needy people; job creation will lag
well behind the capacity to provide those jobs.
Some developing nations that had the funds, built schools and provided subsidized housing for their
growing populations, which should have resulted in stable communities and schools full of children; but
because of the fluidity of the population in many instances, the intended result was not achieved.
Some of the fluidity of the population stems out of the lack of local economic opportunities, lack of
meaningful local jobs and/or inadequate educational opportunities (while schools were built in many
rural communities; there was still no access to higher levels of education) many families moved
looking for any of the aforementioned opportunities.
The use of today’s technology can help us avoid some of these pitfalls. As governments and Ministries
of Education realize that to lift the capacities and the educational levels in our vulnerable communities,
which can also be realized more economically with today’s technology, is to empower them and
safeguard investments. These needs include developing capacities for e-governance, e-government,
online education and training in the specific areas of need for these communities.
The uptake of technology in our day does not require a long curve for learning and implementation, or
even teaching. This is especially true of younger generations.
Pan-African Connection has accepted the points raised on this page and plans to deploy wireless
connections for high school and higher level courses. This is part of the quest to bring affordability and a
quicker return on investment for both educators and the recipient of those services.
The mobility gained and portability of education gained, is also a boon to employers since courses can
be tailored to deal with the areas of need for the employers for increased capacities or refreshing of
knowledge already attained (continuing training) and while the recipient is still working full time, since
this mobility would allow to study at home.
This aspect of the work will help governments provide a more rounded and more cost-effective
education to their recipients. This endeavor is part of the need to “leapfrog” into the service oriented,
knowledge bases economies, in other words, the way forward for development and poverty eradication.