Africa is unique in many ways, which is why it’s a sought after destination for many global organisations and travellers. Unfortunately, it’s also unique in what it offers its population in terms of education. Many African countries simply don’t have the resources and infrastructure to empower younger generations with world class training.
Luckily, one group of people wants to change that.
African Education Under Scrutiny
While many world class schools exist in Africa, most of the continent’s youth face challenges to access these institutions. In areas such as Lesotho students must travel extensive distances to reach training facilities and schools, often without the benefit of proper roads.
Even available courses are often of little value, as hands on training is required to help an individual excel in a position. There’s also a need to connect employers and workers during training, in order to make training programs more attractive to job seekers. African youth require long term solutions.
There’s also a lack of policies that benefit education.
How Can One Association Make a Difference?
ATEAA has a holistic approach to education, investing in developing subject matter from within the Artisan, Technician and Engineering industry. This ensures that what students, young professionals and seasoned specialists learn are relevant to future positions They partner with reputable bodies and organistaions and obtain necessary affiliations so learning can be accessible to all, relevant and future fit
Learning focuses on industry subject matter, but also vital aspects that make an individual more knowledgeable, thereby making them a more desirable employee. This includes career advice, exposure and guidance, functional, technical and non-technical aspects, best practice methods, building specialist master capabilities, research and development, innovation and more.
It’s not only about what is being taught, but also how you teach them. ATEAA’s answer to the challenges many individuals face, especially young individuals, is to make use of Digital Learning and related technologies. By using different mediums and techniques, more students and individuals will get access to learning.
Apart from knowledge, Artisans, Technicians and Engineers require practical experience too. This becomes possible through the many individuals, businesses and government institutions ATEAA partners with. These individuals and entities’ memberships include mentorship and coaching roles, using experienced, master, specialists, including seasoned retired professionals. Through work experienced based learning, young people and emerging professionals prepare optimally for the job market.
Through mentoring and coaching, young individuals are supported to obtain employment or to become entrepreneurs. The benefit to these mentors and coaches include access to these skilled workers, that can benefit their businesses in the long term.(May need to reword this sentence as it is not clear)
All these techniques combine effectively to raise the industry’s impact, regain global respect, increase competencies and capabilities, increase innovation, unlock potential and sustainability , whilst also addressing socioeconomic challenges related to unemployment, poverty, etc.
For the Artisan, Technician, Engineering and related competencies industry, there’s hope for the future. In Africa the youth and unskilled workers can now renew their dreams. You can find out more about ATEAA’s Learning Academy here.