I come from a time when education planners thought that a one size fits all approach would work. Fortunately, I managed to adapt, hiding my own learning ‘flaws’. As a result, I have a deeper respect for experiential learning rather than authoritative indoctrination.
During my time volunteering in schools in the Cape Flats, I realized that South Africa has pretty much the same system. Bar the more progressive institutions that adapt their teaching techniques to the different learning styles that the learners possess.
I decided to take on a different perspective to education. One that incorporated an aspect of our planet that was almost entirely ignored during my schooling years.
While volunteering in a city based community garden, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the programs that supported the garden included educational tours for schools. Engaging young humans in a space outside of the structured classrooms with invigorating material was just as educational for me as I hope it was for them. It was this wholesome approach that gave me a sense of what could lie in Africa’s future with the right planning and resource deployment.
In terms of sustainability, isn’t this a good example of what we’re looking for in Africa?