Heather Bixby


Africa, a continent full of abundance and potential, is ironically hindered in desolation, deprivation, and chaos. The growth, future, and potential success of Africa is solely dependent on the education of its children. After identifying a number of educational barriers, defining the need for educational improvement, and documenting the efficiency of Western aid, this paper concludes that the West needs to recognize that it is the Africans who must ultimately save their own countries. However, Western programs and aid can help restore Africa when used thoughtfully and effectively. National programs and foreign funding must promote education that places value on the African “way of life,” assists the ‘people’ of Africa, and gives African children a sense of worth, hope, and acceptance in Christ.

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