"As an institution, we realise that our education system has not changed radically since the days of colonial rule. This outdated set up has left us producing graduates that are ill-equipped to deal with the challenges of today’s business market. The conversation about revamping and decolonising our education system has begun here in Uganda. Consultations are being made with the industry to identify what should be taught and what skills should be imparted on students. The private sector is key in this process because it is always first to raise an alarm when they are not happy with the quality of graduates being produced."
CEO of South Africa based Sakhumnotho Group Holdings, Sipho Mseleku, has challenged African governments to put entrepreneurial training at the heart of education and is calling for greater collaboration amongst African business leaders to tackle Africa’s primary economic challenges.
“Africa has a failing education system,” says Mr Mseleku.
“Africa’s education systems focus more on academic training than entrepreneurial training and that is proving quite problematic.
“We at Sakhumnotho believe that entrepreneurship is the missing piece towards the growth of African economies.”
With an outdated story that gives up on manufacturing, Africa will fail to close the huge digital gap it still faces. The gap is reflected in the fact the continent contributes less than 1% of world’s digital knowledge production. To reduce this gap, African countries will have to start by expanding internet access and use. If internet use across the continent can be expanded to the same rate as in high-income countries, 140 million new jobs and US$2,2 trillion could be added to GDP.