Millions of African children starved of food and education

Schoolchildren having their meals in class. File photo: Henk Kruger/INLSA
Millions of children throughout Africa go hungry and receive a sub- standard education, resulting in their finishing school without being able to read, write or count.

This failure to urgently tackle these challenges will impact negatively on society’s ability to take part in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), warns University of Johannesburg vice-chancellor Professor Tshilidzi Marwala.

“The issue of the constraints before us is going to prevent us from fully participating; you’re not going to get society to take part unless they’re able to read, write and have the ability to do basic arithmetic,” he said.

He said studies showed that the current teaching methodology in South African schools was not…

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