Every child, regardless of where they live, deserves the chance to follow their dreams.
Today, only 6 percent of young people in sub-Saharan Africa are enrolled in higher education institutions compared to the global average of 26 percent.
Africa suffers from two major problems in their educational system: Too little access and not enough learning.
Under the current educational model that relies heavily on the outdated model of lecture and rote learning, 80% of third graders in rural Nigeria couldn’t read a single word. Further, 61 million children, even those who do attend school, will reach adolescence without the necessary skills to lead a productive life.
Because of the poor quality of education, even students who are lucky enough to go to school are simply not learning.
Africa is the world’s most youthful continent with some 200 million young people between ages 15 and 24. Finding productive jobs for young people is critical to the continent’s future. An educated and skilled population is attractive to many employers and investors. Many employers across Africa have been critical of the lack of basic, technical and transferable skills of graduates. Strong education systems are key drivers of economic growth in African nations.
By expanding access to American Education, we can stop the brain drain on the African continent, and set Sub-Saharan Africa on a path to growth and modernization through the future leaders American Education produces.
Why American Education?
American education has long been the global gold-standard. American education is more comprehensive and broad than most other forms of education, creating more well-rounded learners. This comprehensive education also includes skills and leadership development to prepare the student for the workplace. Compared to most other countries, American education focuses on learning through active experience rather than the lecture model, which has proven to be extremely effective.
When American education is provided in a student's home country, the expense of travel, living, and education, is significantly decreased and the student is able work and build their family, community, and economy.