In the past one week we have been immersed in the homecoming celebration of POTUS in Kenya and Africa. One thing that stood out for me is the emphasis put on educating young people.
In several occasions, while giving his speech, he reminded Africa leaders that a country that does not educate her youths is doomed to fail.
I concur with POTUS, even as I appreciate what our Africa nations are doing, I have to say that we need to reconsider our definition of education. We especially need to define what success is in terms of learning is.
We have in most cases been trapped in a fog definition of success. Sometimes I have forced myself to really figure out the benefits of our 8.4.4 system In Kenya. I went through class one to four four only focusing on passing my exams. It not only closed me into a particular custom but it retarded my ability to have divergent opinions. My eyes opened after my twelfth year.
Many articles have been written explaining how rote knowledge and cramming in school can adversely affect our creativity.
It is the reason I recommend peer learning forums as one thing that can help us develop our capacity to stretch our imagination into new horizon. It is through these small groups that we can discover ourselves. It is through these small group that we can develop the art of communication, it is in the small groups that we can learn to build trust. Yes I can bet this the only way we can learn to appreciate our diversity.
It is true that with diversity we are assured of creativity and growth. Our entrepreneurial minds will be spurred by sharing our experiences our differences will give us the required impetus to talk our challenges. We have the inborn ability to accept and appreciate our brothers and sisters. Therefore the kind of education we should take into consideration our diversity as a strength not a weakness.
With our ability to be empathic to those suffering, with our ability to relate with others, we should then fear not to try inculcate sharing values. It should not be difficult to break a way from the tradition of individualism. We should learn to accept that we are equal partners in building our future.
As African youths we should be ready to to sacrifice our time, to share our stories to inspire our brothers and sisters.
Our stories are our number one element we can use to change the narrative of leadership. We need to learn how to tell our stories. We need to offer alternative voice.
Education is not only about going to class and reading books. Education should be learning how we can share our prosperity, it is how to learn to accommodate divergent views. Education is devising new ways of collaborating. If we learn to appreciate our neighbors we are assured of prosperity in Africa.