Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world - Nelson Mandela
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of education exclusion in the entire world. More than 20 percent of children between the ages of 6 - 11 are out of school, followed by almost 34 percent of youth between the ages of about 12 and 14. Also, it has been found that almost 60 percent of youth between the ages of 15 and 17 are not in school. Without urgent and effective actions, these statistics will likely worsen because the region currently faces a soaring demand for education for its school-age population that is still growing.
So, why does education, especially quality education, matter so much?
1. It helps promote equality
Quality education is the key to getting jobs and making a better life for oneself. When people are able to get quality education, they are able to break free from the cycle of poverty. It therefore helps reduce social and economic inequalities. In a region such as Africa where more girls are denied various opportunities than boys, education can also help bridge all such gender inequalities by empowering the girls.
2. It gives people access to better health care
One of the most effective ways to teach children as well as adults about their health and the various diseases that can afflict them is through quality education. It helps them protect themselves from these diseases by teaching them how to decipher the symptoms, effects and preventive measures. This is especially important since diseases like AIDS and malaria are some of the most common causes of death in Africa.
3. It helps in social development
Education is not just a basic human right but also a smart investment. In developing and underdeveloped countries, education can be the key to improving the economic condition of the citizens and determining the prospects of the future generations. Education is the foundation for a human society to evolve and meet its goals in terms of social and economic development, peace, democracy and inclusive governance that focuses on the empowerment of the youth and women.
Go through our website to learn about our African education assistance program designed to help less privileged students in Africa through counseling, tutoring, career panels, community service and much more.
Bonazah Community Development of Africa (BOCODA INC) provides support, educate, and advise in order to ensure fair and equitable