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Education Crisis in Africa reflects chronic leadership failure

The education crisis in Africa reflects chronic leadership failure, a colossal endemic deficit which requires urgent attention, new thinking and mindset. This calamity may indeed be the greatest impediment to the ascent of these nations from the bottom of the human ladder of development. The new thinking and mindset to resolve the education crisis, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, must be anchored on homegrown solutions. In June 2007, Pan Africa Children Advocacy Watch (PACAW), Inc., a non-profit organization headquartered in Maryland, USA was founded to help, in its own humble way, with predominantly homegrown solutions to this monumental problem. The education crisis is one of the most heart-wrenching features of the populations in Africa, especially in the failed and failing nations of sub-Saharan Africa. This catastrophe remains the case, despite considerable amount of foreign aid from the developed world over the past several decades.

The main purpose of PACAW, Inc. is to add a voice to the search for solutions for the huge problems facing Nigeria and the nations of sub-Saharan Africa. It is an attempt to address these very complex problems at their root. Our focus is on the education of the children from Kindergarten to High School in the poorest communities. That the education crisis in Africa reflects chronic leadership failure is obvious, as reflected by the current pathetic state of public education at all levels in most of these nations. The mission of PACAW, Inc. is to provide these students with education that emphasizes, by words and by actions, the spirit of selflessness, altruism, and fidelity to the wellbeing of their nations. In this new group of citizens lies the hope for most of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Clearly, in many of these nations, the problems cannot be blamed on two things; namely, lack of money and lack of natural resources. So, what is the problem? Or maybe one should ask: what are the problems?
The hallmark of the leaders of these nations, namely, mammoth corruption, greed, selfishness, despotism, injustice and lack of love for millions of the citizenry living in abject poverty in their nations must abate, otherwise the citizens will remain permanently at the bottom of the ladder of human development. Many of these nations have enough tools to eventually make it on their own. Indeed, some of them have enough natural and human resources to become donor nations rather than recipients. Also, because PACAW, Inc. believes that the education crisis in Africa reflects chronic leadership failure, we have made leadership training through the PACAW, Inc. Leadership Academy a component of our programs.

PACAW, Inc. believes strongly in public education. So, we do not set up private schools. We go to the poor and most neglected village/community and resuscitate the dilapidated public schools. We do this by providing infrastructure, staff and other support systems. Hopefully, from these children would emerge a new generation of leaders that will solve Africa's education crisis: born out of chronic leadership failure, and usher in a new age of de facto development. Sub-Saharan Africans must realize that without quality education at all levels, i.e. basic, secondary and tertiary, the leadership crisis and consequently the maldevelopment in these nations would never be solved.

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There is a strong correlation between infrastructure and development in any nation. Poor infrastructure has, unfortunately, been the hallmark of most of the nations of Sub-Saharan Africa. Very little attention has been paid to the building of the infrastructure of these nations after they attained independence from the European colonial masters. This neglect has contributed significantly to the poverty of these nations.

Most of the leaders of the nations of Sub-Saharan Africa would rather pillage the treasuries of their nations, fatten their overseas bank accounts and multiply their private aircrafts and other ephemeral possessions than take care of millions of their impoverished citizens.

No malfeasance by the leaders of Sub-Saharan Africa has resulted in, and continues to produce more irreparable damage to the essence of the “being” of the people of these nations than the collapse of their educational institutions at all levels. This calamity may be the greatest impediment to elevating many of these nations from the “bottom billion.” Why is that? Because the absence of quality education and the prominence of mis-education constitute permanent roadblocks to the maturation and attainment of the full potential of that unique gift of nature, the human brain. 

Below is the link to the article titled: How Bright Is Africa's Future by Geoff Hill, distinguished author, journalist and former African Bureau Chief for The Washington Times.

The article is as touching and revealing ass much as its sadness. Sub-Saharan Africa certainly needs a new generation of selfless, visionary patriots. Hopefully we will find them among the children.