Africa cultivates innovation to boost global reach

Africa faces the world’s largest shortage of primary and secondary school teachers at the very time the population of school-age students is on track to grow at the world’s largest pace. In addition, 32.3% of sub-Saharan Africa’s children, adolescents, and youth do not attend school, the world’s lowest educational participation rate, according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. “The learning crisis must be addressed if we are to generate the next Einstein in Africa and the only way to do this is to start with the basics,” Albert G. Zeufack, Chief Economist, World Bank. The life trajectories of Tolullah Oni and Rose Mutiso open a window into the advances taking place in Africa as the continent becomes “a generator of knowledge, innovation, creativity, and technology, rather than being solely an adapter of trends produced elsewhere in the world. Read more