” African governments are signing infrastructure contracts with the West instead of demanding that the future workforce be trained in something so crucial for development.
Thousands of American and Chinese people are working in high-skilled STEM jobs, and meanwhile we complain about the lack of jobs for young Africans.
The term STEM is not yet widely understood in Africa. Its implementation in education systems is catastrophically poor.
In fact, we are nowhere near achieving what needs to be done for our youth – and they are the future of Africa.
Over the next decade, African employers can expect to have many thousands of job openings requiring basic STEM literacy, and more people will need advanced STEM knowledge. For years we have been advocating for good education policies in Africa and the real implementation of STEM
subjects in our education system – and nothing has been done.
Today, Rwanda and South Africa are the only countries to have successfully looked at this subject.
The US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is pushing for more awareness on STEM subjects through TechWomen.
The British Council is piloting a microprogramme across Africa through the Global Innovation Fund, to increase awareness of STEM but the reality is that these movements are more focused on teaching English language than real STEM subjects…..(to be continued)
I believe you’re beginning to see what STEM can do to AFRICA