Education, work and productivity in developing countries
Institute of Extra-Mural Studies, National University of Lesotho, Maseru, Lesotho, Southern Africa.
Received 13 November, 2010; Accepted 04 December, 2010
By education, it is meant a Euro-American system of knowledge creation and dissemination which developed first in Europe and America but spread to developing countries through colonization. Although the developing world had its systems of education before the arrival of the colonizers, the advertised attractions of modern education were that, the new education had the potentials of providing modern employment and producing goods and services that guarantee a good life. These assertions have not held true, especially in developing countries; which, suggests that the assumed links among education, work and productivity are not that automatic but depend on working out carefully isolated political and socio-economic factors and on continuous strategizing schemes. The provision of answers to the following questions would constitute the beginning of the establishment of a firm relation among education, work and productivity in developing countries: What are those areas of the national life that offer opportunities for productive work? What are the needs of developed countries in industrial raw materials, in leisure, in arts and aesthetics and in learning that developing countries can respond to and satisfy? And What are the needs of other developing countries in industrial raw materials, leisure, arts and aesthetics and learning that another developing country can satisfy?
Keywords: Education, work, productivity, developing countries.