Is this the answer for developing economies?
Dr. Arshad Ali, DG of SEECS (School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), NUST showed me part of this video during my visit to the NUST Islamabad H-12 campus yesterday. Much of what Patrick Awuah talks about in this video rings true for Pakistan and other countries in this region, and that is why I thought it was worth sharing it. Do watch it through. It is well worth it.
Patrick Awuah left Ghana as a teenager to attend college in the United States; and then went on to build a career at Microsoft in Seattle which lasted a decade. When he became a parent, his roots began to matter and he returned to Ghana where he founded Ashesi (a word meaning “beginning”) University, a liberal University, in 2002. He has made a commitment to educating young people in critical thinking and ethical service, values that he believes are crucial for the nation-building that lies ahead.
He holds the lack of leadership responsible for the state of the economy and the country. Education is the answer, he says – but not the kind of education which is based on “Learning by rote, very little emphasis on ethics, development of a sense of entitlement instead of a sense of responsibility.” He goes on to say that “We must believe that these kids are smart, we must believe that if we engage them and give them the tools and skills they need to create change, then magic will happen.” His first batch of graduates in 2006 are already beginning to enact change.
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