12 October 2012

@ANSA e.V. Conference Frankfurt am Main 10/2012

talking on shaping higher education Germany/Africa
What, so the question leading heated discussion @the annual ANSA e.V. conference Frankfurt, can one do with regard to the challenges faced in economic, ecological and (higher) education structures in African countries?*

Such were the questions driving the gathering of the young attendees from various African countries as well as from Germany. Invest into Banks - was the interesting approach presented by the African Development Cooperation. Development aid, as one of the attendees highlighted, could had not been the solution - despite being perpetuated by African as much as by the German/ European actors. Eco-friendly technology - amazing! BUT the preoccupation remained: how could one raise the sense of achievement with the various attempts and activities in place or that are planned to be put in place?

Engage in discussions, was the call of Christel Gbaguidi, ask those people that you want to work with, what their challenges are. Now listen to the solutions they come up with. It is with their solutions that you can use to start figuring what would be interesting and viable for you to contribute.*

I suppose it is the listening to solutions, which, in so many occasions, we are skipping over hastily.

*indirect quotes - wording may divert from original contribution