Redefinition of education
Schooling is still the most reliable route out of poverty. The quality of education
and the linkage between being educated and being able to earn a good living
is a theoretically argument.
The whole need for redefinition of education in developing world is an important
discussion. The need for a dramatic change is crucial. Education in most of
developing countries, Tanzania in particular has not been reliably preparing
youth for a positive life transformations, that’s why we see a high graduate
unemployment in the country. Graduates are uncritical, even the best
graduates who scores very handsome grades cannot real transform their
lives, the lives of their families even communities. The community now than
ever before requires that education prepares youth for poverty reduction and
better livelihood for the whole society and not to an individual who has just
attained a good degree.
Countries such as Ghanaian and other African governments took on at
independence – to provide quality education to all children, linked to future
livelihoods – was brave and massively ambitious. This country has gone from
7% enrolment rates in sub-Saharan Africa at independence to 80% or more
today. But finding jobs after school life is proving to be a problem..
“School for life” makes sense, but let’s make sure the conversation includes
visions of “life” that are shared by those in all the “worlds,” rather than imposed
on them from the first world.
Education in developing countries should have a very strong vocational
component at the high school level. Even in America, youth are most
concerned about “how to make a living in a meaningful job.” Each country is so
different. The “school for life” is valid, but must also be dedicated to what
type of employment can be gained after schooling.
However, purpose of education, particularly early in life, is the development of
character and ethical behaviour. One institution which has successfully
integrated such ideas into its educational model at university level, namely
Ashesi University College in Ghana (ashesi.edu.gh or ashesi.org). Its founder
and president, Dr. Patrick Awuah, has done a marvelous job in developing a
curriculum that combines business and technology programs with a rigorous
liberal arts core, preparing students who are committed to becoming the
ethical leaders (with emphasis on the word “ethical”) of a new generation in
The Teach children build India foundation is about 300 very disadvantaged
poor tribal children in remote villages in Keonjhar District of india for last 5
years near their homes in groups of 25 children by 25 voluntary teachers.
It includes great positive changes in these children. Their mission is to groom
them up to employable level and also; make them worthy citizens of India
with good character. The present western pattern of education will not prepare
the children for a fruitful employment and a good living. In these parts of the
world drastic change has to come in the syllabus & pattern of studies right
from primary school level.
I am learning & I appreciate your ideas which needs lots of refining before we
can implement. The biggest problem will be the orthodox mindset of Govt in
less developed countries to adopt such a change but we have to bring in the