'Africans need to make education more innovative'

Former US President Bill Clinton says Africans need to look at innovative ways of educating its youth.

FILE:Former US President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea meet Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel in Qunu. Picture: Mbuso Mandela via Twitter

PRETORIA - Former US President Bill Clinton says Africans need to look at innovative ways of educating the youth to alleviate and address growing poverty and inequality on the continent.

Clinton was speaking on Wednesday night at an interactive global conversation themed 'Embrace Tomorrow'.

The event was jointly hosted by the Clinton Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.

Clinton's daughter Chelsea also attended and spoke at the event.

The former President said he believes technology holds the key to ensuring equal access to education.

"We can short-circuit a lot of the normal developmental processes that would give high quality education to people in not only low-income countries but in poor areas of countries that aren't low income."

Chelsea said gender equality remains a major obstacle to development in Africa.

"If small-holder female farmers had access to the same quality seed and fertilizer as their male counterparts, we could end hunger on the continent of Africa."

Clinton also commended South Africa for its widespread provision of Antiretroviral drugs (ARV) and its ongoing fight against HIV and Aids.