Pan African Connection
Bringing Literacy, Education and Development to disadvantaged communities across Africa
One of the guiding principles that first gave rise to the concept of "Pan-African Connection" was the early
realization that what affected many of the people, is inadequate access to the ladders of development, or
rather the lack of it, as follows:
3) Lack of Educated Professionals
4) Lack of personal accountability
If people across these regions already had a decent standard of living, would there still be a need for
foreign aid? Would we still have the health challenges that are part of the fare of problems here in Africa?
Would you still had a problem with literacy and education? No, native economic activity would provide all
Perhaps a different answer could be that in another time, i.e., when we had a less developed world, the
answer could be different, but then we are not prone to go back and insist on making things the way they
used to be. The "good old days" where not so good after all.
We live in this brand new century that requires adaptation, increased levels of education, ability to
compete in the global market place and ability to change as new demands and challenges are
encountered. After all, the prices of food stuffs and commodities are one, world-wide or subsidized.
The aim of development in the rural communities of Africa (one of the four tiers of Pan-African
Connection) stems from the realization that a sustainable and viable society can only exist where there is
long lasting economic vitality for those living in those communities. While there are many programs in
many areas across the continent to lift these regions our of the cycle of poverty, unless long lasting
increases in literacy, education and local economic opportunities are realized, many of these other
efforts will only bring temporal and short lived gains. You will still have subsistence farming, which by it
very definition is only one problem away from catastrophe for many a community.
Awareness that the median age in sub-Saharan Africa is less than 16 years of age, should bring the
realization that the population will increase rather dramatically over the next 20-30 years. Therefore, the
need to increase the level of education even (or especially so) in the remote parts of Africa. This is
especially true with the threat that Climate Change brings into the mix.
Population increases, inability to grow the jobs that young people need, and a lack of educational
opportunities. These are the challenges that Pan-African Connection aims to confront with a
comprehensive plan of action in the remote under-served communities in Africa.
The macro development of Africa will continue in the hands of those that are best equipped to handle
those tasks; central governments and international institutions and donors, and other large scale
concerns. But we are tasked with those communities that can best use or services.
Please read the page: "Development in Africa versus the Industrial World", as we consider the state of
those less economically capable, we have to consider what it really means to the developed economies.
The four sub-headings above represent the juxtaposition to the aims of "Pan-African Connection"
Literacy, Education, local Development and personal accountability, that will help these communities
forge ahead and "leapfrog" into the realities of our modern society today.