There are numerous opportunities in every difficulty to the optimist, and this ought to be the way leaders of Africa could turn the continental threat of unemployment into sustainable development.
Over the years, Africa has been challenged with unemployment such that the leak of this has served as the catalyst for poverty, war and death. Unemployment has plunged the continent into a reverse state of insecurity. It is very empathetic to hear the cries of young people agitating and lamenting for lack of jobs. It is heart-wrenching to find people in this situation as it triggers more emotions.
Can we continue to talk about unemployment whiles we do nothing about it? Certainly no. Assessing the issue of unemployment very well, it would be prudent to define the term unemployment with clarity. Consider the simplest explanation to be ‘lack of jobs with or without relevant qualification”.
That definition is the fate of the African youth. Unemployment affects both graduates and illiterates. With this, it can be traced that, the root causes of unemployment could be attributed to Africa’s educational system and working environment. It is in view of this that, the continent has the advantage to tread on the path of prosperity by analysing its current situation rather than political leaders watch their respective citizens complain.
First and foremost, is Africa’s educational system structured to solve societal problems today or meant to solve problems that existed in the past? Is Africa’s education structured to equip young people with the demands of 21st-century global working spaces? Why is it that, there are many schools and work available yet the youth of Africa continue to remain unemployed? Ponder over a continent whose educational system dwells more on 60% good character formation, 15% knowledge acquisition and 25% skills development. It would be noted that individuals who are examined on the merit of these principles would be thinkers and doers instead of being passive and overlying heavily on their respective central governments to be employed. The absence of this contributing factor to Africa’s educational development is the rationale for university graduates being unemployed. Africa’s education must be geared towards producing experts with relevant skills than generalists who are less efficient. Thus, the advantage of Africa’s unemployment lies in its ability to restructure its educational system.
Stated differently, as unemployment is on the rise in Africa, it is a very good avenue to make various public sectors to get the best of professionals to work and increase productivity. With no political prejudices, nepotism and favouritism, the various institutions under public control could put in mechanisms that would make it possible for government institutions to work more effectively.
As a matter of fact, the issue of unemployment can make institutions get the best of workers with a high degree of integrity and patriotism. Public and civil servants who are caught on grounds of pilfering, nepotism, bribery, fraud and corruption should be made to face legal sanctions duly. This would set the continent on the path to prosperity and economic progression. It would save the continent from loosing millions of dollars that are lost annually owing to corruption.
In summary, the advantages that lie with Africa’s unemployment is a call to understand and solve the misalignment of Africa’s educational system and public sector that would help curb the ailments of poverty, hunger, civil unrest, bribery and corruption.