AFRICA is not ready for Primary 6 inventor of Generator and Blender from Scraps. In viral photos trending on social media, a little boy believed to be in primary six from Nigeria has been able to manufacture a well functioning generator and a blender from plastic scraps.
A social media user identified as Harrison was first to share photos on Facebook. He revealed that the little boy stays in Egor local government area of Edo state in Nigeria.
Africa’s quest to produce technologically minded talents to help in its industrial development is not lost with children of today showing glimpses of interest in technology and inventions.
However AFRICA not ready and their dreams are under threat as our education systems in Africa are alien to inventions, technology, and practical learning.
What is needed is leadership, strategic focus and investment into Science, Technology and applied science education right from the basic schools across the continent. To give hope to children with such natural talents.
In Europe and Asia, a child will not achieve this feat before he or she is introduced to IT, technology, invention, and applied science.
Africa is indeed blessed with great talents needed to reshape the thinking of Africa, development, and growth and take the continent away from politicians who are only concerned with modern ways of looting the resource of Africa for their personal benefit.
If children like these are supported, and many more are giving the opportunity to learn these skills and become inventors, Africa will be inventing her own solutions to the current problems created by politics and selfish leadership on the continent.
Children like this are the future of true Africa that needs to be liberated economically and become self-reliant.
Sadly, many talents such as this have been “killed” right here before they reach maturity. Poverty, lack of interest in helping and developing such talents and the proverbial “Pull Him Down” African attitude is enough to suffocate these ideas and talents.
Ghana’s Apostle Sarfo Kantanka is one of the few technology-focused persons who has stayed focused on his quest to liberate Africa through his gifted technology and invention talent. May of his kind have had their dreams cut short due to no help and commitment from governments.
Africa has the men and youth who have the talent and need help to educate themselves and reach their best capacity to walk in the footsteps of inventors like Carbon Light Bulb Filament, Inventor Lewis Latimer, Home Security System, Co-Invented by Mary Van Brittan Brown in 1966 and the list is endless.
Africa must shift its focus from literature and “Big Book” subjects to practicals, science, and technology-based subjects so that, children in Kindergarten can start inventing and making basic things.
There are musicians, artists, farmers, painters and varied professions hidden in our children and they do not really need to pass the English language or Science or History or Our World Our People to reach their full potential. Let us wake up and reshape our thinking by inventing more in practical based education. Ghana’s new education path must quickly do this so we do not come back to complain.
Currently, our new education curricullum for basic schools lacks a practical approach. Coding has been introduced when many schools do not have computers to help support ICT education. Even the ICT at the BECE is written instead of being a practical subject.
Africa will remain a joke if we do not support young fertile and focused minds like this.
Source: Wisdom Eli Kojo Hammond |Human Rights Activist|Public Speaker| Budding Leadership & Research Expert |Educationist, Author & Blogger |Newsghana24.com