Strengthening the foundation of economic development in Africa: a review of the Trinitarian relationship between education, technology and productivity
Author(s): Donald Bette Enu, Bassey E Anam
Abstract: The pursuit of economic development among
nations of the world has occupied the attention of Governments,
Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Development Partners for quite some
time. This is so because economic problems affect all in the society and so
cannot be ignored. As a developing continent, Africa has been lagging behind
other continents of the world in an effort to advance the desired development.
This may never be unconnected with weak education and low technological base,
both limits economic productivity. This paper reviewed the Trinitarian
relationship between education as a factor of production and its capacity to
boost technological expansion in any society. Data were generated from
secondary sources, and the study was more of descriptive in approach. The paper
took a deep look at the foundation of economic development in Africa with
particular focus on development agenda put in place by some countries of Africa
such as the MDGs and later SDGs. The authors x-rayed the structure of African
economy and the drivers of African development. Before examining the
Trinitarian relationship between education, technology and productivity, the
authors took into consideration the obstacles to African economic development.
The paper concluded with identification of visionary leadership and values
re-engineering as possible ways forward that would take African continent to
the college of developed nations of the world.