Brian Mbulo

Promoting Access to Quality Education and the use of Technology in Teaching & Learning

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Quality Education - Avenue for More Freedom

A more formal celebration of #Africa #Day or #African #Freedom #Day was born on 25 May 1963 during the inauguration of the OAU in Addis Ababa.

Sadly, most of the written history about African Freedom has been done by Western and other foreign writers much more than what has been written by Africans themselves.

As we look back into history and feel physically set free from political colonization, we realize that it is to our own benefit when we spend time and resources to assist ourselves.

Sustainable development is homegrown; proper education is a local system, properly crafted and spiced with familiar ingredients.

"It takes a village to raise a child" says an old African proverb.

If there is any tomorrow, our focus should be on what we are doing as individuals to change our modus operandi. Sadly, for the most part, that is what has eluded the African.

Is it the same reason why we have more people in African churches today instead of having more believers in God? Is it make-believers and pretenders filling churches for personal gain instead of sincere, honest and truthful worshippers gathering to make a difference in their lives and the lives of their communities?

Nelson Madiba Mandela says “No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.”

Come on let us change our society today! This starts with individuals. Our own Kenneth David Kaunda says, “the moment you have protected an individual you have protected society."

Proverbs 4:7:

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: though it cost all you have, get understanding.

What has been your contribution today?

#letsSaveOurselves

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Quality Education

It is not a joke, we better wake up and change our attitude. Not as government but as individuals.. that is how change is achieved!

God never appointed governments, people did. God created the universe and placed people on earth as individuals to change their environment.

Matthew 25:35-40 Jesus delivers an important teaching on humanity as follows:

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."

This may sound naive, but most meaningful development is people-driven before it becomes government-program or government-policy. Thats why certain communities turn to 'anti-establishment' candidates in elections. So many examples exist.

We can help our societies for the better. A little help can go a long way.

Can you see any need within your community which you can help improve?

Once again we can believe!

#letsSaveOurselves

 

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Quality Education!

If there be any future, #quality #education is key to success for our coming generations.

It is always good to give. Giving is not monetary only, it can be by word of encouragement, by referral, and so on!

2 Kings 5:3 "If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy." said the little servant girl in referring her master Naaman to the prophet Elisha. The girl not only helped Naaman regain a healthy body (like she actually hoped to do) but the assistance spiraled him into having a new beginning and new relationships in his life.

Are you living in a community? What have you done today?

Are you willing to provide a new start for someone today? Do not just exist, make a difference, no matter how little!

#letsSaveOurselves

 

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We will resist the urge to go into oblivion. We will endeavor to raise enlightened societies for the benefit of our future communities.

We need to raise the emotional attachment to our own education system. We belong to a 'world region' were keeping records, standardizing procedures and inventing new methods and procedures is not encouraged.

How can we expect to nature our culture when it only exists in proverbs and night tales (or campfire stories)?

There is hardly any documentation, no history-hubs to learn from. The #harsh #reality..

How do we inspire the children of tomorrow when we have not written today's story?

A shift in mindset is needed if we have to expect a better tomorrow, otherwise we will have to pray for an early end to this world.

#letsSaveOurselves

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Schooling Vs Learning - Homegrown!

This is definitely not the time to sit comfortably, open our mouths expecting aid and donor commodities to flow through our gullets. This is the exact reason why the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) replaced their counterparts, the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs)!

Sustainability is homegrown. Modern economic complexity requires candidates who can clearly critique, thoroughly communicate and effectively use technology.

In all history, never did a foreign country take charge of educating another nation; and yet we need no reminders that an educated populace is the best bait for economic development and social justice.

By design, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) triggered a rush for accessibility which later focused on the easy-to-reach populations. This disadvantaged the poorest societies as they could not be reached. The assumption that aid and assistance would flow from the developed world restricted certain regions especially Sub-Saharan Africa from the expected advancement from the MDGs.

By design, the SDGs are a wakeup call on the developing world to participate in shaping the future.

For sustainability and for posterity's sake, our pharynx should only swallow what we have worked for.

We can Self Emancipate; otherwise we will lay in the shadows of the giants of tomorrow!

What has been your contribution today?

#letsSaveOurselves

 

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Schooling Vs Learning

MDG2 pointed to 2015, while SDG4 is largely pointing to 2030. These goals have pushed Africa to high enrollments for primary education.

Unfortunately most of Africa lags behind on #quality #of #education.

Quality education is being hampered by so many issues such as a lack of infrastructure, teaching materials, continuous professional development for the teachers, the digital divide, etc. Other issues which cause worry border on the progression rate. Having abseentism in exams to a tune of 10.2%, a pass rate of 55% at grade 9 and a grade 10 progression rate of 45.7% is alarming.

It's a big issue, a jigsaw puzzle involving GRZ's limitations on finances plus a non concerned populace. Our voice as a people can help us out of this. A few initiatives by some communities have sprang up, but on a global scale we are nowhere near the 21st century education standards.

The ministry has made good pronouncements/initiatives and entered into arrangements with stakeholders like the Connecting Classrooms and Leadership training by British Council, UNICEF's Catch Up pilot program in Eastern and Southern province.

I'm a proponent of community involvement. The importance of education in modern day society cannot be overemphasized. We have a huge responsibility on our shoulders to ensure that the coming generations make proper citizens and not oppressed zombies in a technologically advanced future!

Most of the African communities neither support nor offer options. We cannot continue to expect politics to clean the scorecard.

WE HAVE TO ACT! Otherwise our children will be misfits.. It should be everyone's concern.

#letsSaveOurselves