Education is the Premise of Progress

Eric Owusu -Theology Student


There is no better way to express my sincere thankfulness to the organizers of the AYE Award. There will be no better time to feel motivated than when I first got to the podium of the Award venue. All my thoughts was why am I here and what is next after here? I believed in principles of life and one of that great principles of life is being educated and I believe this is the best way to liberate oneself from self-low esteem.

Every child deserve to be educated because once upon a time a great man of my land Mr Kofi Annan former United Nation Secre­tary General said “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” I came to realized that this is very true. This had helped me to understand that the cause of African migrants in Germany predicaments is low level of education. Therefore the quest to change this dilemma and face values need an urgent inspiration and motivation from our own people especially the few educated once. As young migrant living in a well-educated and economic sound German inhabitant

I found it unaspiring to see almost 80-90% of African migrants doing miniature jobs and are on the scale of the lowers earners in this wonderful land. The question is how long are we going to live in this stagnant situation? Is there any way out for our growing young human capital? I would like to agree with John Dewery that “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

Therefore we must collectively work our way out to achieve a greater height in Academia and intellectualism. And the focal point of this new dimension should be of African children in Ger­many. This is exactly what AYE Award organizers are doing. I feel honored to be selected as one of the recipients of this great Award. It has been a thorn in my flesh to work hard to succeed and be inspired to others ever since I received this Award. I feel not only honored but also empowered to do well in my academic endeavors.

I would like to appeal to all Africans in and around Germany to do all it takes to help sustain this wonderful initiative. This will take us afar, as far as education is concern. Let us show that we are not only good at organizing big parties, weddings and funerals but equally we take education of our children seriously. Once again my sincere appreciation to the organizers, individuals and the var­ious institutions who work their heads out to put this wonderful inspirational initiation into fruition. God bless Germany, God bless Africa.

Eric Owusu
Theology student -AYEA 2017
Asissted in organizing the first AYEA in 2011