What is Next for Africa’s Youthful and Useful Population? STREAM Education for Global Inclusivity
Olalekan Taofeek Badmus
Faculty of Education, University of the Free State, South Africa
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1324-0279
Loyiso C. Jita
Faculty of Education, University of the Free State, South Africa
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6871-6820
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Keywords

globalisation
Africa
youth
STEM education
STREAM education
unemployment

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Badmus, O., & Jita, L. (2022). What is Next for Africa’s Youthful and Useful Population? STREAM Education for Global Inclusivity. Journal of Culture and Values in Education, 5(2), 32-46. https://doi.org/10.46303/jcve.2022.18

Abstract

The world is a global village today undoubtedly due to advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and their education. The knowledge from these disciplines influences various aspects of human daily affairs, career choices and the type of education acquired by citizens. STEM literature across the world has put Africa at the tail end of development. Africa’s underdevelopment may not be argued owing to empirical literature in the direction of poor development. However, the global demand for competence in STEM disciplines continues to rise at a rate developed countries find difficult to keep up due to shortage of man power as against demands. This surge in demand creates a gap that must be filled in pursuit of sustainable growth. Science, technology, robotics, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STREAM) education remains obscure among countries in Africa, with the paradigm shift to aesthetics with arts and automation in robotics globally calling for redirection in developing regions. South African and Nigerian curricula have been moderated to accommodate coding and robotics as well as physics in technology, with green energy and elementary automation, respectively. This manuscript explores education as the panacea for poverty alleviation, sustainable growth and equality among citizens. The current state of affairs of STREAM education in Africa and its potential for a youthful and useful population are also explored.

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