“Education is the movement from darkness to light”
An educated and accomplished lawyer, Nelson Mandela challenged the injustices of apartheid and fought to overcome them. His unwavering commitment to the lives of his fellow countrymen and his promotion of basic human rights transformed him into a highly regarded and respected figure throughout the world. Mandela famously said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Widespread illiteracy among native South African groups contributed to their oppression, as they were unable to effectively question and challenge a government enforcing racial segregation. Depriving an individual of educational opportunities increases their vulnerability, making them susceptible to discrimination, injustice and mistreatment. Being unable to read or write one’s own name can mean facing a lifetime’s worth of deception and exploitation.
Education has the power to strengthen marginalized groups and elevate their economic and social status. It provides individuals with the ability required to question their governments and societies. The most evident benefit of education involves its path towards productive work and employment. A skilled employee with higher education can improve their own standard of living while simultaneously contributing to their society. Literacy and education are significant tools necessary to promote economic growth and social development in Africa.
EDUCATIONAL CHALLENGES IN AFRICA
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) highlight the fact that the education sector in Africa faces many challenges that need to be addressed. A mere 52% of African school-aged children are currently enrolled in an educational institution. Nearly half the continent’s population will be deprived of an education. Therefore, Africa will be deprived the efficiency of half of its population.
Educational institutions in Africa also face multiple challenges, most of these related to limited financial resources. A lack of government funding and low teaching wages make education a less than lucrative enterprise.
Although there has been an increase in school enrollment in recent years, this process has been slow and selective. It is a hard reality that individuals of lower economic status are deprived of education to a greater extent than their well-off counterparts. Conflict-prone areas also deter children from attending school. Qualified graduates often emigrate from Africa because they are unwilling to accept low-wage employment
EDUCATIONAL SCENARIO IN GHANA
The scenario in Ghana is quite different as the country has made considerable progress in the field of education compared to its sub-Saharan African counterparts. Ghana spends approximately 25% of its budget on education, a highly commendable effort. However, Ghana’s underprivileged population groups have been unable to utilize the government’s efforts to improve their educational status. Populations living outside the capital city of Accra are at a disadvantage, with limited availability of and access to educational options. People residing in the slums of Accra also face limited access to educational opportunities.
Illiteracy and a lack of education most often lead to poverty and ignorance, a vicious cycle perpetuated for generations. People will often be deprived of an education simply because their parent or grandparent did not get an education themselves.
Hence, we kindly request you help us break this cycle by connecting/joining/associating with PAAJAF Foundation through our PEI project.
Providing Adolescents and Adults Jobs for Advancement in Future (PAAJAF) Foundation strives to empower adolescents and adults through education and job training. You can contribute towards our goals of creating a Resource Centre for underprivileged communities in Gbawe.
PAAJAF Foundation also encourages you to support a child for one year. You can make a contribution that will ensure the child you sponsor has access to a high-quality education, healthcare and nutrition services. Most of the children in need of assistance are orphans, with their current caretakers unable to send them to school and provide them a quality education. In certain situations, parents themselves are unable to provide for their children as they face financial hardship.
There may be many children in Ghana waiting to become the next Kofi Annan, Nelson Mandela or Wangari Maathai. PAAJAF Foundation requests your assistance in helping Ghanaian children access quality education, enabling them to build a sustainable future for themselves and ensuring that Ghana’s future is bright.
We extend an invitation to invest in the future of Ghana by investing in the education of these children.