It’s always good to be reminded of and encouraged by Africa’s vision for itself. It is said that without a vision the people perish or cast-off restraint, in other words they give up the fight because the pain of endurance has no benefit to compare itself with.
In January 2015, the Heads of State and Governments of the African Union adopted Agenda 2063. Its content serves as 7 pillars for the continent; 1. A prosperous Africa, 2. An integrated Continent, 3. An Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of the law, 4. A peaceful and secure Africa, 5. An Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, shared values and ethics, 6. An Africa whose development is people driven, 7. Africa as a strong, united and influential global player and partner. Contributions to these pillars is not location specific, they can be made from anywhere in the world.
In our series we found out that New Zealand, identified by Gallup World Poll 2016-2017, is the second most accepting country in the world for those who migrate.
The Ministry of Education is responsible for the development and oversight of education and development in New Zealand with their purpose being to, “Shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes”.
Divided into 3 levels it comprises Early Childhood Education (ECE), School Education and Tertiary Education. Children can attend ECE from birth to six years. Although this is non-compulsory, the majority children attend with up to 20 hours of attendance being heavily subsidised by the government. There is a legal expectation for children to attend compulsory school education between the ages of six and 16 years although many children attend from the age of five years old. The primary phase lasts for 8 years followed by a five-year secondary phase. Tertiary education includes all post-secondary education including higher and vocational education. This third level of education is delivered by both state and privately-owned institutions. Those wishing to enter higher education must meet the entry criteria.
According to the World Happiness Report (Helliwell, J., Layard, R., & Sachs, j. (2018). World Happiness Report 2018, New York: Sustainable Development Solutions Network, research indicates “The benefits in terms of life evaluation and positive effects are particularly large for individuals in the developing world who have a household member living in Western Europe, Northern America, Australia or New Zealand”. There are of course some challenges too.
So, what’s your passion? How can you contribute to Agenda 2063 in the field of education? Is it ensuring that as education grows and develops that there remains a strong cultural identity and common heritage or, ensuring good educational governance? What ever it might be, development towards the end goal will not be as rich without your valuable contribution.
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