Africa is still lagging in terms of literacy worldwide. There is a lot that need to be done to improve the levels of literacy in the African continent and meets the education needs for children and adults. This should be evident in every training structure for all education levels. Literacy and training students should go hand in hand so that they can get the requisite knowledge that can help them not only in their studies but also in life in general. The Sustainable Development Goal 54 will go hand in hand with the type of literacy levels envisioned in Agenda 2030. The literacy goals in Africa have to also align with the African Union’s Agenda 2063 that prioritizes education as a development factor in the continent.Literacy Rate in Africa
Capacity-building among important resource persons
If literacy levels are to rise in Africa, the national officials and experts have to be empowered. This can be achieved through capacity building. The idea is to ensure that the literacy and non-formal education are incorporated in the societal policies, monitor, and evaluate the efforts at the national level. This will increase the level of literacy within the continent.How to improve Literacy in Africa
Learning has to be interactive so that it addresses the ideological, political, economic, and social aspects of the people. It must also shun any discrimination that hinges in gender, age, geographical, or any other form.
Responsive and inclusive literacy
The vision for the literacy levels in Africa must be responsive and inclusive. This will see the adjustments to globalization, rapid change, and new challenges. As such, the literacy envisioned in Africa will need to mainstream the goals of sustainable development agenda for 2030.
Allocating more resources for literacy and non-formal education
Some countries in the African continent have channeled more funding to the education sector, thereby decreasing the illiteracy rates. In Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Senegal have dedicated part of their budget t education an literacy programs with others expected to follow suit.
Reforming the curriculum
New curricula ought to be advocated for within the African continent, especially in the values, culture, and societal unity of the people. The approach here should be bottom-up that pegs on the needs, realities, and aspirations on the African nations together with the communities therein.
All these efforts are necessary to improve the level of literacy in African. They also require a team effort from various stakeholders, starting with the African governments, institutions, and local communities, not forgetting financial partners.