100% Poverty and Education in Africa. Poverty is rampart in African developing countries but also experienced in developed economies too. In Africa, a researcher said, poverty can be experienced through all senses of a human person. Poverty can be seen through the poor torn clothes that some people put on. Poverty can be smelt through bad smelling toilets due to lack of cleaning disinfectants and lack of the needed knowledge.
Poverty can tested through the food the take lacking needed basic ingredients such as salt and sugar. Furthermore, poverty can be felt through the rough skin due to lack of lotion to apply on the skin. And one can keep on narrating the experience of poverty through the senses as experienced.
Types of poverty
Poverty can be experienced through income and non-income poverty. Income poverty is the situation where by an individual lacks enough income to buy his basic necessities. It may happen that an individual has enough food for their needs at home. However, when it comes to securing other services such as paying for students’ tuition fees it becomes a problem and that is what it is called income poverty.
Non-income poverty is the situation which in most cases goes hand in hand with income poverty. This is the situation where by a person is not capable of accessing the social infrastructure such as access to health facilities, access for school, accessibility of clean and safe water and so on. It happens that the two types of poverty: income and non-income poverty are experienced differently by different people.
The larger part of poverty experienced by many Africans is income poverty. The rural areas in most African parts experience income poverty. In the rural areas most dwellers cultivate their own food and so the question of food security is intact; it is income that is their problem. It happens so because even the crops that they cultivate, in most cases, do not attract competitive prices that would benefit the rural dwellers. The question of prices could be addressed by farmers getting the right education on how to sell their crops and benefit of their hard work.
None income poverty
Education is the other side of the coin in our subject matter. After having seen the question of poverty; it is now the turn of education. Education is the kind of skills that an individual acquires that inform an individual with knowledge and/ or technical know-how that enable him to master his environment and be able to address the problems that surround his environment and those of his community.
Education and poverty
Now if education is a tool that empowers an individual with skills and know-how techniques that should help this individual solve his problems then to large extent an African should not be poor because he has been educated for several decades now. The truth is we meet with poor people in the continent. The question now should be is this kind of education that Africans have been pursuing it some decades useful?
If Africans have received this kind of education for about six decades now and yet they continue to experience this kind of inferior life style is it time to question of the quality and usefulness of this kind of education that Africans receive?
Foreign Education and Poverty
One thing one has to keep in mind is that this kind of education is informed by European interests. One can take the example of economists we have; these ones are trained by European scholars. This point should be well understood. We do not deny that scientific theories are universal is as much as they obey universal principles. However, in Africa we need a kind of education that addresses the typical issues and problems that are experienced by people in the continent.
The question remains what causes the other? Does income poverty make an individual fail to secure the education that would take him out of poverty? The answer is yes, proper education: skills, knowledge, and technical know-how would help an individual walk away from poverty. On the other hand it is true that education would help an individual from not entering into poverty. Education empowers a person with skills to dominate his environment and so extract from the same his needs and so live a happy life. What is your take on this? Keep the ball rolling with your input.