Learning to Live!
As poverty and disease claim more lives, education may be the cure.
SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA -- The number of children enrolled in primary schools throughout African countries is among the lowest in the world. Limited funds and a lack of resources -- combined with a lack of adequate numbers of teachers, properly equipped classrooms, and not enough learning materials -- have created an environment that has made educating young children throughout many African countries a nearly impossible task.
“The pursuit of universal access to education places enormous stress on already burdened education systems in Africa,” a recent U.S. government report states. “Recruiting, training, and supporting enough teachers to provide quality learning can be particularly challenging.”
Girls in Africa have been particularly affected by the education situation. In Africa, girls account for 55 percent of the approximately 40 million primary school-aged children who are not enrolled in school. “Most children don’t even start attending school until they are around 7 to 10 years of age, and traditionally, only boys have been routinely educated,” one observer noted.
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“African culture and tradition has seen no reason to educate girls, just to have them marry and care for the home and children of their husband. This has been a serious obstacle to bring even just primary education to all the children.” But things are changing.
“The incentive to learn to read and write is now coming
through projects where people, mostly women, can set up business and learn literacy and numeracy as the need arises,” a U.N. official noted. Experience is showing that when reading and writing are linked to people’s everyday needs, success is guaranteed
“Open Heart Orphanage Ministry is implementing
educational programs and opportunities to Ugandan's orphans
“Time and time again, we have seen how education has
changed one generation after another . . . in many cases enabling people to become as self-sufficient as their environment allows. That is what really changes the face of Africa!”