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EDUCATION IN AFRICA: ARE WE STILL LIVING IN HISTORY?

Exactly 45 years ago, on the same day and date as today, Wednesday, June 16, the black children in Soweto, South Africa got tired of the very poor quality education they receive because of their skin colour.

They had dreams; dreams they knew were valid and can soar. They were also aware that their present reality will do nothing but take them very far away from these dreams, so they decided to march the streets to protest the poor quality education they daily received.

Their March was to communicate their disapproval. They wanted to be seen. They desired to be invested in. They knew their dreams would cause a great impact on society and they just wanted a chance for it to breathe. They earnestly craved a better quality of education.

However, their March protest recorded the death of hundreds of innocent students shot by security forces. With many badly injured. Their protest did not end well but it birthed changes in South Africa many years later.

Hence, in 1991, the Day of the African Child has been celebrated on June 16 to honor those killed during the Soweto Uprising in South Africa, and to recognize the courage of the students who marched for their right to an education.

Though this happened in South Africa, the day became a day for the African child because the march reflects the state of education in Africa at the time. Looking around though, it’s safe to say it still reflects the state of education in Africa now. Even the absence of skin col

Education that ought to be a right is now a luxury. For the children who are underserved education is never a necessity because they cannot afford it.

The statistics show that over 50% of African children do not have access to quality education. To bring it home, 1 in every 5 of the world’s out-of-school children is in Nigeria.

The question is then is, would history have to repeat itself before a collective effort is put into education? Does the death of the courageous children of African count for anything in the long run? What are the ripple effects of having more uneducated children than educated ones?

Today is a day to raise awareness about the need to improve the education of children living across Africa. It is also a day to remind you that your quota can go a long way.

What will you do about the African child’s education from today?

Please, choose to invest in it. You can invest via our parent organization, Mission Enablers Africa. Kindly put CEF in a bracket against your name as you donate.

Let’s help the African child see education as a right.

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As believers, we are quick to identify ourselves as the sons and daughters of the Most High, the ransom of the Lord, His royal priesthood, etc. We bask in the identity that coming to the light of Christ has given us. We rarely remember that in the long list of identity and who we are in Christ, there is also a name we go by, Christ’s Witnesses. Acts 1:8

The Bible says we have been ‘called to show forth the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light’ 1Peter 2:9b. Though these words come after all other names in that bible verse, this does not connote that it is a less significant name. After we identify as the Royal Priesthood and Holy Nation saved by Christ, it is expected of us to become Christ’s Witnesses by showing forth His praises and light to those who are still in darkness, those who are yet to hear or accept the good news that Jesus brings. Acts 13:47

For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth”.

You might wonder how you can live true to this beautiful name that Christ calls you and the role that comes with it. Here are 4 ways you can truly be a witness of Christ and not relegate this name He has generously given you to the background:

  1. Have a burden for lost souls – This will require remembering what your life was before you met Christ and constantly praying that what matters to God, Souls, matters to you and burns in you. Romans 9:1-5
  2. Go for Mission trips – Just the way you plan for your vacation/staycation/leave, plan to go for Mission trips. There are short Mission trips you can be part of. The truth is Mission trips will better expose you to the need to live up to the name Christ’s Witness. Mark 16:15
  3. Pray for Missions – The harvest on Mission fields will be easier when prayers are done simultaneously. You would not always be on the Mission field all year long but your prayers can facilitate witnessing Christ to souls there. Ephesians 1:15-23
  4. Support Missions – Give to Mission causes, reach out to Missionaries, follow and share Mission contents, and don’t be shy to talk about Missions among your friends and family. Philippians 4:16-18

Telling others you love Christ is easy, being Christ’s witness requires more. Will you live out this name, Christ’s Witnesses, the Father calls you?