Africa's newly educated class
On Sept. 6th, 2010 the first African Student Leadership Summit took place at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Many Africa Colonizers made a point of keeping the local population under-educated to ensure docility. As a result, when African countries gained their independence they were left with a political and economic framework designed by the West, and few citizens who had the experience or education to manage their newly inherited country.
About 50 years after most countries gained their independence the first African Student Leadership Summit took place.
Thabo Mbeke, former South African President, spoke to the students at the Summit stressing the importance of universities and students in remaking Africa. "...Africa will overcome the challenges of poverty, underdevelopment and global marginalization not because of its wealth in natural resources, but because of it's intellectual ability to properly manage and utilize these resources for the benefit of it's peoples and of our Continent."
The general move towards a more locally focused and bottom-up method of development is well timed with Africa's increased organization and collaboration among their educated youth.
Thanks to the mass of well-educated youth coming out of Africa we can expect to see more homegrown innovations in everything from technology to business, politics and economics. The importance of this shift towards increased university educated Africans cannot be over-stressed.
Sources:South Africa Node, September 2010: