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Education drives technology

 

The Internet’s contribution to Africa’s overall GDP is low. Senegal and Kenya, though not the continent’s largest economies, are in the lead. (source: The McKinsey Global Institute)

The Internet’s contribution to Africa’s overall GDP is low. Senegal and Kenya, though not the continent’s largest economies, are in the lead. (source: The McKinsey Global Institute)

The title says it all – Education drives technology. Any nation that cannot create new ideas, devoid of intellectual property, will never lead.

African students are becoming very tech-savvy. When given the opportunity they engage with one another through technology as a primary means of communication. Ensuring education takes place within this environment means that students will naturally engage more actively within the education space – learning more and increasing their knowledge around technology at the same time.

We forged a successful partnership with Khan Academy in 2012 to translate almost 1,000 math and science videos from English to Kiswahili, significantly increasing accessibility of world-class content to learners throughout Kiswahili speaking East Africa.  Learn More>

Today technology is wealth. Africa is attracting top companies to drive the era of technology consumerism, but without a workforce that is well educated and trained in technology no strong capability will emerge for creating and managing high-tech processes. 

 

 

 

By 2025, Africa’s iGDP (which measures the Internet’s contribution to overall GDP) should grow to at least 5 to 6 percent, matching that of leading economies such as Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Demographic trends—including urbanization, rising incomes, and a huge generation of young, tech-savvy Africans—will drive this growth.(Lions Go Digital, The Internet’s Transformative Potential in Africa, McKinsey & Company)  

That there are problems with Africa’s education system is not disputed. For example, Tanzania and Kenya’s infrastructure poses problems when it comes to delivering advanced technology to schools. Lack of access to electricity is one hurdle, while regular maintenance of computers once they reach schools is another.

Through its Technology in the Classroom Initiative, Asante Africa Foundation is partnering with the business community to solve these issues by not only providing computers, but also by delivering solar panel systems that can keep the schools charged, broadband access for global connectivity, equipment and facilities maintenance contracting, and teacher training. Without the help necessary to participate in Africa’s technology boom, these rural communities will be left behind, widening the divide that breeds instability.

Africa has the potential to create its own bright future while contributing positively to the global economy, but it doesn’t have to do it alone. With international support, Africa can seed a new economic layer, a layer that offers a redesigned continent that is driven by the brain power of its citizens. Africa has many latent talents; quality education can unlock them.

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