UNIVERSITIES IN AFRICA ARE BEGINNING TO EXPLORE THE OPTION OF HAVING ANNEXES IN OTHER AFRICAN COUNTRIES TO BOTH INCREASE REVENUE AND BRIDGE THE GAP FOR QUALITY EDUCATION.
Africa is probably plagued with one of the biggest epidemics that isn’t uncommon to most parts of the world, which is illiteracy. The effects of this problem are vast as it sips into every facet of the economy. In my opinion, illiteracy is the mother of corruption, elections rigging, increased poverty, poor workforce, and so on.
According to African Library Project, in Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 1 in 3 adults cannot read, 182 million adults are unable to read and write, 48 million youths (ages 15-24) are illiterate, 22% of primary aged children are not in school – that makes 30 million primary aged children who are not in school – yet the future ought to belong to these young ones. Imagine a future being founded on illiteracy, it means the problems of Africa have only just begun. Little wonder why prominent universities in Africa are founding annexes across the continent and taking advantage of technology to deliver distant learning programmes in order to bridge the gap between quality and education in Africa.
Universities such as Botho University, Botswana, believe that you with the current advancements in technology one no longer has to travel thousands of miles or spend so much in order to attain quality education; take advantage of the distant learning program option.
The online learning market is a rapidly growing market in most parts of Africa, where thousands are turning to proven and alternative means of attaining university degrees. At present, Nigeria is the number one country of origin for international students from Africa, sending the most students abroad and to other countries on the African continent. Outbound mobility numbers are growing at a rapid pace as seen from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) Institute of Statistics (UIS) data.
This is obviously the future of education in the world over. Instead of spending a fortune in trying to attain quality education and traveling across the Atlantic, one can sit in his home in front of a computer and get tutored by the best professors anywhere in the world.