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Volume 52 Issue 10 - October 2014

November 12, 2014

 

EBOLA, AIDS STRIKE

…Africa just waiting for providence!

Last month, I paid Moeng College students a visit. As an alumnus, it was exciting to be back to MoCol as we used to call it back then. 

My brief this time around was, as set out by the Back to Moeng College Scripture Union Action Group, to address students on journalism as a career. 

It was a career fair held under the theme “Education and training towards a competitive and productive human resource” and sponsored by the scripture union group. 

The main purpose of the career fair was to assist learners explore career opportunities in different fields as well as create awareness of opportunities for further education and training.

In addition, it was meant to help leaners develop skills required for further studies and training besides creating awareness in job seeking, recruitment processes and conditions of service.

The students who are about to write their Form Five examinations were divided into seven groups of 20 each and it was an enriching experience as both learners and facilitators exchanged valuable lessons in different fields.

However, what intrigued me the most was that most of them were interested in how much they will be earning as soon as they get employment. This got me thinking, why there is so much interest in salaries than careers? Are we a money driven people? 

Are we after wealth over everything else? I mean, it appears to be a common disease that pervades even the rest of Africa if not the black race. The question is; how do we as Africans work towards a competitive and productive human resource if our main preoccupation is wealth?

I think as Africans or Black race, we have to rethink our positions and priorities if we are to develop our continent. Educated, yes we are but we lack that killer instinct to realise that the many professionals we have are just not helping the cause. 

I mean, what have they done for Africa? At best, we become this and that professional for financial gain only while other races invent or discover new ways or methods of doing things.

For us, it is how much money one can make out of certain career. Our doctors after training it’s over. They just work. They cannot come up with anything new except to copy what others have already discovered or done. 

While our brothers and sisters in West Africa are grappling with ebola, none of our professionals, at least that I know of, have offered to join the battle.  Most if not all those running around are from overseas. Africa is just waiting for providence to intervene when we have so many trained professionals. Why?

How can we rid ourselves of poverty when all we think about is money? When will Africa stand up and be counted among scientists, doctors etc of note? Are we just waiting for others to discover a cure for AIDS, Ebola and other disease that are common in Africa?  ENDS

 

Editir

Thomas Nkhoma.

 

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