The Reason Educational Certificates From Africa Are Given Less Recognition In Europe

EllenSABC board chairman Ellen Tshabalala had a BCom degree from the University of South Africa and a postgraduate degree in Labour Relations, but Unisa denied Tshabalala was awarded a degree. Parliament has instituted proceedings to suspend her with immediate effect over allegations that she lied to the institution about her qualifications. Photograph by: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

If Africa’s development is very slow, doesn’t mean that the continent hasn’t any qualified doctor, engineer, pilot etc. Our educational and professional institutes are filled up with qualified teachers, yet when African comes to Europe with his certificate or diploma, those credentials are given a second look.

An African can’t get a qualified job with his certificate in Belgium, unless he follows a similar education or training of what he studied in Africa, because Belgium is one of the European countries that considers Africa’s educational system very weak and shows much concern to fake certificates circulating in many African countries.

“About 600 from 12,000 graduates from Makerere University, Uganda, didn’t meet minimum requirements,” reports BBC Africa, on February 11, 2015. William Tayeebwa, the head of Makerere’s journalism department, told the BBC that one student had failed an exam with 44%, only to have her mark altered to 71%.

The educational institutions in Europe, including Belgium, make money from foreign students studying in Belgium. African students or individuals who can sponsor their education, can study in any Belgian institution with their credentials from Africa, but can’t work with that credentials in Belgium. An African with a welding certificate can never get employment in Belgium, until he undergoes another training as a welder for a recognized welder’s certificate.

Imagine if ‘The Mail & Guardian’ newspaper could publish an article, “Why do South African children perform worse than those in poorer countries”then what will Europeans think about Africa’s education? How do we expect Europeans to view our certificates and diplomas, when foreign embassies in Africa, especially in Nigeria, in the past have detected false credentials in visa applications?

Investigation reveals that it is very easy to purchase any professional certificate or diploma you are looking for on the streets in Africa.

The writer’s opinion and conclusion

In my native country, there is a proverb which says “If you wash your hands well, you will end up eating on the same dining table with the king.” Whatever article I write, whether it is problems Africans are facing in Europe or crimes involved, shouldn’t be taken as a disgrace to Africans or I’m washing dirty linen of Africans in public. It’s for our own good. If no one writes about them, how would Africans know?

These are some of the reasons, I don’t feel bad over negative comments some readers make against me. Once you are prepared to write, you must be prepared as well to take every ‘Delicious and distasteful comments.’ That’s what keeps me strong. Using fake certificates in looking for jobs, is a universal problem, taking place also in many advanced countries, but it is a problem which has overflow its banks in Third World Countries, especially in Africa and Asia.

This a problem African governments need to tackle, to lift up the image of Africa, which is still recovering from all kinds of diseases, including underestimation and discrimination.

Gallery: People who’ve been found out to have fake qualifications.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2014/09/17/gallery-people-who-ve-been-found-out-to-have-fake-qualifications

The Bitter Experience Of Man Makes Him A Wise Person

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The shadow of the sun reveals Polish writer, Ryszard Kapucinski’s adventures in Africa

When one looks at a bird in a cage, you may think the bird is very happy, because it flies, whistles and hops in the cage without halting. You will only know how happy the bird is when you open the cage. With tremendous force, the bird flies away without looking back. That is the real taste of freedom.

Many times, society calls people that aren’t contributing anything positive towards the benefit of the society, lazy or useless person, yet your efforts and hard work, would not always give you friends or lovers, but an empire of deceitful enemies and people who wish you will never make it in life. The more one meets life challenges, the more he or she learns and creates a better future for himself.

If African-Americans have gone through the worst in life and still experiencing hard life scenarios, then as an African in Belgium, don’t argue with me when I say that in the past, I lived in entity of scorn, discrimination, and underestimation, as a sort of tool to prevent me achieving my aims and objectives as a writer. I’m still fighting to find the reasons when a white man goes to Africa; he is treated like the queen in her Buckingham Palace, while the black man in a foreign country is seen as nothing but a sort of alien.

African leaders in some ways have betrayed us like the white man. When the white man comes to Africa, he knows the reason he came, reasons that are never known. A lot of dangerous vaccines have been inoculated to cause sicknesses and to generate diseases in the continent without the knowledge of our leaders because they were only interested in the money and corned beef the white used as bait. Africa is like a dumping ground for all unwanted stuff from Advanced Countries.

It is not an exaggeration to say that almost all Africa’s woes, wars,and diseases were caused by Europeans and America at the same time. I wish anyone who doubts what I am saying to read the book called “The Shadow of The Sun” by Polish author Ryszard Kapuscinski. The book reveals the most shocking atrocities committed by Europeans against Africa, including the role of the Belgians in the Rwanda’s Genocide.

Conclusion: Why would you hate me for blaming the white man of the troubles in my continent? Why do people still doubt that Aids and Ebola were medical crimes against Africa? Many foreigners leave Belgium, as soon as they get their Belgium passport, I will live in Antwerp without moving an inch, for them to witness my progress, despite the Apartheid system of government they run.

Finally, Africa has to stop immediately all kinds of cooperation for testing vaccines or medicines in their innocent population. If a new vaccine is made, those scientists have brothers, sisters, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles etc, they should test those devilish vaccines on them.

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I Am An African Writer, Thus; My Writings Reflect On My Culture

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 An African painting

Once a journalist asked Chinua Achebe, one of Africa’s greatest and international known writers, the reason he hasn’t written any book about Europe or America. Achebe responded by saying that a lot has already been written about those two continents. Yes, there are thousands of European and American writers but only a few write about Africa, and what they write is disgusting, just like how the colonial masters underdeveloped the continent.

The Western and America media promote Africa as a continent of poverty, war, disease and ethnic conflicts, than a place where tons of raw materials are imported to feed, employ and develop the Advanced Countries. Even though poverty has prevented many African children  out of schools, social problems in Advanced Countries exceed what is in Africa. It is often said that one of the reasons of teenage pregnancy is illiteracy, yet Britain leads with teenage pregnancy followed by America.

 

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Teenage pregnancy, a common problem in Britain and America than Africa.

We need to find out the reasons educated Britain and America are facing teenage pregnancy explosion, despite their best educational facilities, while such problems are less in underestimated Africa. So who is learning? I am an African writer, therefore my writing reflects on my culture, Africa can be set on top of the mountain by the Western and American media, as number one problem continent in the world, yet Europe and America have no solutions to their innumerable social problems, including teenage smoking, drug abuse, child abuse, immorality, drug trafficking and suicide.

The face of Africa is physically and medically disfigured and tainted. Many of Africa’s hardships were caused by external factors, but how many times adults and teenagers in Africa commit suicide like Europeans and Americans?  A British or American says it’s not important to study or learn anything about Africa. Many will scratch their heads when you ask them of the capital city of an African country, yet an African child can tell you everything including the geographical positions about America and Europe. Who is the clever one?

Being an African writer residing in Europe, for a very long time doesn’t make me European. I am still an African and therefore writes like an African. The more the foreign media excavates the earth to throw dust on Africa, the more I also dig the weaknesses, immorality and every disease plaguing the European and American societies, for others, especially those in the Third World Countries, to know that not everything that glitters is gold. In fact, I don’t even think there is anything in America called ‘The American Dream’ because many are poor and roofless.

Frankly speaking, despite everything Africans have passed through, including the Aids and Ebola crimes, it’s one of the happiest continents in the world, happier than Europe and America, because they don’t commit suicide. I will repeat, they don’t commit suicide, thus; instead of the media keep underestimating Africa, they should rather write about how they survive in that harsh continent, to save the mass Europeans and Americans killing themselves.

Teenagers snog at a party

Social drinking problems are commonly seen in Europe.What are they doing?

I am very happy to be one of the African immigrants to force my way to Europe to study and learn about Europeans and Americans. There are problems everywhere but since journalism has lost its credibility, it’s no more shamefulness for journalists to write any nonsense, since, at the end of the month, they will be paid to feed their families.

I eat, drink and write like an African, without competing with anyone.  Since I have readers interested in what I write,  it makes me feel I’m writing something they like. You may put down your pen as quick as possible if you step into the writing world, with money in mind. Let your passion propel you to write without ceasing and later you will make money as a writer.