Three Necessary Steps We'll Need To See Taken For A More Educated Africa

With a well below average human development index and governments paying little heed to the great need for research in future development throughout many parts of the continent, it's no wonder quality education can be hard to come by for some. And, while we're seeing some leaps being taken such as the Africa Data Challenge, there's certainly much more work that needs to be done along with steps that need to be taken. With experts in the fields of education and human development from around the world chiming in, the following are arguably the most important factors when thinking of a future, more developed Africa.

1. Youth Need To Take Advantage Of E-Learning

It used to be that where we grew up defined us. Those who grew up in a community dominated by a certain industry would often find themselves winding up in the same business as their parents and their grandparents. Now, there were (and are) always exceptions to this rule. However, it's undeniable that, for the longest time, our lives were shaped by where we grew up. While this still holds true today, the advent of the internet is doing a great job a providing youth from all over with equal opportunity.

According to a recent article written by The Guardian, online universities are "revolutionizing learning" in a way that Africa can benefit much from. E-learning is available to anyone with internet access, whether from a top-notch laptop or a local library. This type of education, when used properly, can help youth break out of a community-wide rut and be who they want to be.

In fact, Bill Gates himself has spoken in an interview with The Verge about the power of online education and the boundaries they can lift.

2. The UN Needs To Take A Long, Hard Look At Development Strategies

Luckily, this has been in motion for quite some time now. In the year 2000, the UN adopted the Millennium Development Goals, which was set to expire in 2015. In light of this expiration, the UN set a new 15 year plan, a plan which looks promising to those who share the same interests as Africa. It's world efforts like this that will ultimately play the biggest role in paving the way for future African development.

3. African Youth Shouldn't Have To Look Elsewhere To Educate Themselves

We see so many African students studying abroad in places like America, Canada and the UK, while we rarely see it the other way around. As if acquiring an education wasn't hard enough, this obstacle only adds insult to injury. Without proper investment in education, this leap that many young African students find themselves having to take will never truly disappear. According to panel experts, Africa is the only region which actually decreased its public spending per student since 1995. To fix the issue, things like this need to make a complete 180 degree turnaround.