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Title:Educational Challenges in Southern Africa for the Twenty-First Century
Author:Vilakazi, George S.
Geographic term:Southern Africa
Subjects:educational policy
Education and Oral Traditions
Abstract:This article outlines some of the challenges to development that southern Africa faces in the 21st century. These include overcoming the colonial legacies which plague the educational system, such as the inappropriate structure and inequitable distribution of educational opportunities and the lack of emphasis on preschool. The literacy rate in the southern African region is low, as are school enrolment rates. If the southern African region (as well as the entire continent of Africa) wants to be strong economically in the 21st century, it must emphasize the need for quality educational systems. Countries in the region which allocate the least amount of funds of the total government budget to education, viz. Angola, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia, also have the lowest human development indexes. Education and economic development go hand in hand. In order to realize economic growth the southern African region needs a coordinated approach which focuses on development strategies in education, with the richer SADC member States providing financial assistance for those with weak economies. Ref.