Pan African Connection
Bringing Literacy, Education and Development to disadvantaged communities across Africa
As can be expected for any country, the governments in Africa do provide varied levels of free education.
Especially the early grades (or forms as they are called here). But once children from poorer families
reach 6, 7 or 8th grade, many drop out as schooling becomes more expensive. Many only attain those
lower levels of education. So lack of family resources and governmental shortfalls force the minimal
amount of education in many parts of Africa.
Conversations with an officer in a Ministry in Education, shows that in the country as a whole, there are
different challenges that both families and the government see to providing more education. Some
localities may have teachers and school desks but lack books. Other localities may have books but no
desks. Other are challenged with the structure itself. In short there are significant challenges across
many school settings.
To provide high school level education in the rural setting under current conditions is even more of a
challenge. For lack of adequate materials many students have even lost interest. It is these challenged
rural communities that we are aiming to help. Through the tools available today via electronic means,
much more can be accomplished at the local level.
Efforts to make tertiary education available to the masses is not as robust as it should be, given the need
to "leapfrog" into the needs of the 21st Century economic realities of globalization, free trade, open
markets, global warming and the demands of knowledge based economies.
This project as it matures, aims to bring accessible higher level education, both in terms of access and
affordability, even if that access is virtual.
The paradigm of development through which the developed economies went through, is an outdated
model that conflicts with the positive and negative tendencies of globalization, free trade and climate
These aforementioned realities make it imperative that Africa and other underdeveloped areas adopt the
present and future "modus operandi" of the information age: namely, a strong service sector; a strong
presence of small or micro businesses that in the developed world provide the vast majority of the jobs.
Increasingly these micro or small enterprises will depend on; feed on and support the service sector and
the information technology sector. Therefore, the need to lift the level of education to include the skills
needed in the knowledge based economy: degree level education, information technology knowledge
and skills, awareness of opportunity that higher education makes possible and entrepreneurial activity,
its support and exercise.
Without increased rates of higher education, development in the 21st Century will be kept at the margins.