Education should equip African children for self preservation

2017-06-22 06:01

According to research conducted by World Economic Forum (WEF) it is anticipated that 65% of children entering the primary school today will ultimately end up working in a completely new industry that has not developed any vocations.

How do African countries ensure that these future leaders have the right and necessary skills that will be required for employment.

Current technology has become a race between humans and machines, and as a result employees in the working environment have become barriers for change.

Because very few foresee new opportunities while a large number of people are facing possible retrenchments.

African countries have always been leaders in exporting their raw materials, but are the poorest in the world.

This might be because most of them are technologically disconnected.

How can we seize these opportunities of technology when we are faced with high numbers of people suffering from poverty, unemployment and inequality?

It is critical that governments and the private sector realise that these challenges cannot be eliminated in isolation.

It is therefore critical for us to ask whether the current education system really equips us in our economy.

It is clear that there is a huge necessity to transform existing education and training policies.

Current learners will be better equipped to meet future skills requirement.

Several industries continue to undergo fundamental transformation which often has an impact on employment and skills.

For example Bitcoin is a digital currency that has gained popularity in many developed countries and as a result countries like Germany, United States and Japan have officially accepted it as a form of exchange.

What is very interesting is that none of the African countries have endorsed this as a form of currency exchange.

Unisa has become the first institution in Africa to offer a Foreign Exchange course.

Forex is a global decentralised market for the trading of currencies.

It is right time for African countries to take active role in technology if they want to stay competitive in the global market.

Aviwe Ngwanya via email

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