Yes! The wheel of progress revolves relentlessly and all the nations of the world take their turn at the field-glass of human destiny.
If you were a leader, what would you do to ensure that peace and security is achieved and sustained in Africa?
When it comes to supporting different industries and growth, the typical answer is for government to throw money at the problem. Local governments are certainly involved with business accelerators nationwide, but beyond the basics of business administration, is there a place for public bodies in teaching private innovation?
What is it that real leaders should possess? Well, let us look at the following aspects that might help us paint a clear picture: Education, Skills Development, Millennial Development, Innovation and Technology, Safety and Security, Business and Radical Economic Transformation. The purpose of this communique is to illustrate a clear view of an ideal United States of Africa in peace.
Design thinking has become the go-to play philosophy for creativity and innovation, according to Adam Oxford, but it remains mired in misconception, and the skills required are hard to teach. If I were a leader I would stimulate innovation. Education is said to be a key to success but what is the use of feeding one with knowledge they won’t need nor use in the future? My goal would be to transform the chaos of teaching to “design thinking”, and even if you’ve never heard of it, you’ve probably come across the many tenets of it. The many tenets to spin out of it that have become common parlance, if you’ve been told to be iterative, encourage failure, “thinking outside the box” then you’ve heard of design thinking. Training Africans for effect is for the greater good, and education to us Africans means a service to Africa.
What we can all agree on is that we need skilled people to reach any kind of goals at all. Whether you’re building a company or a country, you need the right mix of talent to achieve almost anything. As a leader I would invest in skills development for our future leaders.
Governments promise infrastructure, they promise better education and better health care. But if they don’t have the engineers, teachers and nurses and the community to help them in a process of lifelong learning to stay ahead of their game they will fail to deliver. Under my leadership I would strive to rectify that mistake. As I understand, “life skills are equally important to bridge the gap between the education and the working world”- Lutz Zoir.
Ideal leaders should pay attention to our millennials with haste. What is a millennial? Millennials graduated from high school starting in the year 2000. If I were to design training courses for millennials, I would look at works on the web as a guide to making compelling course materials. According to Hubspot, the medium people are most likely to pay attention to is video, which is a good place to start. I have observed that loyalty to an employer is driven on the bases of understanding and support of millennials career and life ambitions, as well as providing opportunities to progress and future leaders.
Innovation and Technology
Should everyone code? In the “fourth industrial revolution”, everything will be digitised. Does that mean programming is an essential skill for every job? Everything is digitised, from the way we conduct our social lives, to the way we book a cab, to the factory systems that are used to do something as innocuous as bottled milk, powerful algorithms are at play. I would introduce this skill to our education system for one to have a basic knowledge. Technology is becoming more sophisticated, to unite Africa we must move with the times. We must always know that creative and empathy are what set us apart from machines, as Mark Chaban says.
Africa is not that big on internet, that needs to change we must have a fair share on the opportunities in digital marketing to drone technology. As drone technology begins to take off in South Africa, I see a need to train more armchair pilots and that the whole African continent should benefit. As a leader I would use drones, trailing them to deliver medical supplies in hard to reach areas. The time is now to invest in young people to train on flying drones for the innovative development and betterment of Africa. Factory and call-centre jobs, and rote manufacturing work will all slow due to automation. These jobs are the ones many African youth seek, yet rapid urbanization, a “youth bulge,” and high unemployment rates indicate they are increasingly less likely to find opportunity. Put simply, job opportunities may not keep pace with Africa’s population growth, and robots and other technologies are a contributing factor.
But despite the pervasive narrative that Artificial Intellegence spells doom for Africa’s development, thoughtful planning can leverage it as a tool to help grow the country’s economies. Economic development depends on increasing worker productivity. For too long, African markets have been stagnant in that capacity, but AI is well poised to change that. In countries like Nigeria and Kenya, where capital is scarce but ideas are abundant, process automation can enable businesses to run on leaner models. Moreover, rather than displacing employees, machines can empower low-skilled workers and equip them to take on more- complex responsibilities. This, in turn, can help meet an urgent need for countries lacking widespread access to education and skills training.
AI can likewise ensure labourers. Robots, for example, South Korea’s DRC-Hubo help protect representatives by going into perilous spaces in mines and atomic plants, where they perform errands, for example, exploring, working drills, and catching point by point data.
Safety and Security
With the kind of high technology on the peak, our safety and security might be at risk. As a leader I would transform our defence. But it starts at the bottom, render corruption to our law enforcement officers. Eradicate cadre deployment to ministry and management posts if the person is not qualified on that post. For instance a minister of police should rise within the ranks of police. The defence industry has undergone a massive evolution in recent years, progressing into hi-tech enabler of nation states developmental and economic goals.
If I were a leader I would urge other African countries not to ignore skills development, SGD has noticed skills shortages in its development of large spectrum defence oriented solutions. The likes of: microwave antenna engineers, radio frequency along with software engineering fields, which can play a big role in our defence system. Deploy cyber intelligence units to render cyber related crimes and fraud all alike. It’s a human right to feel safe. Wellbeing and security has dependably been a problem that needs to be addressed in South African Communities and Africa as a whole. The foundation of ‘neighbourhood watch’ gatherings and other group for 1 to ensure groups says a lot about individuals’ have to feel safe. Artificial intelligence is what needs to be added in our list of priorities. Before Africa can reap the benefits of artificial intelligence, African governments, investors, and NGOs must train workers for complex tasks, and reform laws and education to meet the demands of tomorrow’s economy.
Africa require not fear the time of mechanical technology and computerization. Over the mainland, from Ghana to Zimbabwe, this innovation can possibly acquire bunch positive changes divisions, for example, social insurance and back, overcoming any issues between physical foundation insufficiencies and customer requests, while authorizing more opportunity for talented work and expanded work profitability. For Africans to receive these rewards, African governments, speculators, and NGOs must get ready for the fourth mechanical upset’s change of the advanced work environment via preparing specialists for complex undertakings, and improving laws and training to meet the requests of tomorrow.
Finally, Artificial Interlligence can help protect business financial security. AI programs such as Ayasdi can take massive data sets, discover discrepancies, and predict when financial hiccups will arise. As companies increasingly focus on improving their risk profiles in our interconnected world, AI security programs will become increasingly common. HSBC is already using Ayasdi to transform its approach to financial crime risk and protect against money laundering, fraud, and other threats.
Business and Radical Economic transformation
When we talk about radical economic transformation, to me, what came to mind is business opportunities for our people. Africa needs more entrepreneurs, creating more businesses and more jobs. I would propose that Africans make use of their skills development platforms to
help them expand their agriculture, from commercial farming to business people. Africans should be able to trade across all of Africa and the globe making riches for our land. We need the skills to grow, manufacture and process our own food. We should be able to purify our own minerals, cut our own diamonds and own majority in our mines. Self-starting is an innate ability or a skill that can be developed.
“The skills can be taught, but the entrepreneurial spirit needs to be given opportunities to flourish”-Roger Norton. When we talk about radical economic transformation we cannot leave behind the land issue. Africa her diversity is her strength. As long as we do not own land as African we will continue to lack behind in boosting our economy. Our people need land for agricultural purposes, there is need for our people to be trained on how to invest in agriculture. Now the way forward is, the basic currently is for approach producers and organizations to cooperate to quicken financial changes and reinforce the essentials that support development. One need will be to expand fares and national income sources to wipe out the instability that emerges when asset costs change significantly. This is basic for expanding Africa’s capacity to back its own particular advancement by better assembling local assets through better assessment and traditions accumulations and discovering approaches to energize more investment funds.
This will expect nations to build annuity arrangements, grow access to keeping money and monetary administrations, and develop their capital markets. Better arranging around urbanization is basic to open the full development opportunity and to make African urban communities aggressive. A more grounded centre around growing force supply and power is expected to fathom what the main test to the business condition is. Three different zones essential to development likewise merit centre – enhancing instructive frameworks to build up the abilities required now and into the future, encourage endeavours at provincial mix to open local assembling and exchange, and enhancing Africa’s physical and advanced foundation. The turbulence – both financial and political – in parts of the mainland lately has certainly been a stun, however it has not wrecked Africa’s development story. The IMF still figures that Africa will be the second-quickest developing district on the planet in the vicinity of 2016 and 2020 with yearly development of 4.3%. What the previous five years have demonstrated, in any case, is that Africa’s monetary lions need to enhance their wellness with a specific end goal to take advantage of their potential and proceed with their walk towards success.
Readers are leaders and we should never forget that, “education breeds confidence, confidence breeds hope, hope breed peace”- Confucius.
If I were a leader to ensure that peace and security is achieved and sustained in Africa. I would strive to unite Africa and promote Pan Africanism.
The wheel of progress revolves relentlessly and all the nations of the world take their turn at the field-glass of human destiny. “Africa will not retreat! Africa will not compromise! Africa will not relent! Africa will not equivocate! And she will be heard! Remember Africa”-Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe.
Lubabalo Tatase, an optimistic and focused Bachelor of Arts student at Rhodes University. Studying towards a degree in English Linguistics and the African languages, specialising and passionate about writing. I possess relevant professional experience gained during internship with Western Cape Government, department of Health under the Directorate People Development as Data manager, acquiring valuable insight into developing people.
And implementing strategies to skills development. Able to balance multiple competing priorities, having worked with projects where I had to report to the National Head office. I am still achieving strict deadlines for submissions of my assignments and writing to improve the skills which will provide exposure and opportunities for progression.
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