What do these guys have in common? Well for starters, they each made it into Wikipedia, they’re all pretty famous (obviously), they have money (and their potential for more is limitless), and they’re all geeks; or at least, they understand the intricacies of tech nerdology.
Scouring through their history, a dominant pattern forms, they all started practically the same way, and at the same time.
They mostly set on their journeys at the tender age of seven (in some cases fifteen), trying to feed their curiosities, some dropouts and by nineteen, were already creating, acquiring and imparting skills and knowledge, up to a point where they started making significant gains.
ICT, now that’s something everyone should be aware of, but if you’re not [and still living under a rock], click here.
ICT, thankfully, was and is recognized by the government as an invaluable resource, geared towards setting Ghana on its development path. I fully concur, but…
Amongst many things the above listed share, is the pursuit of knowledge in the innate workings of computers, particularly software and in short, coding.
They did not use their machines as mere forms of entertainment (ok, maybe they did, but it wasn’t just about movies, music, games, blah blah, yada yada), they used their machines as tools.
If you were raised in Ghana, and have had some computer education in school, you can attest to the fact that, all we’re basically taught is to use ⅟4 of Microsoft Office, play hangman, change wallpapers, open and edit folders and how to boot computers.
If you’re lucky, you’re taught a little (where little=miniscule) about DOS; DOS, good ol’ DOS!
Lest I forget, we’re taught about input and output devices; very important!
ICT is here to stay, whether people of the developed world foresaw this or not is hard to say, nonetheless, they strove to equip their youth with at least, some “basic” (which would seem rather technical to us) computer knowledge and skill set.
In a world that is gradually expanding into the cloud (or watch a video explanation here), it is imperative our youth are equipped with practical ICT knowledge, from which they can make meaningful returns, as well as have an impact on society within which we live.
What is the point, waiting until after Senior High to attend the likes of IPMC, NIIT, AITI, JPrompt (and the rest), to acquire ICT knowledge with which you can build apps, create websites and compute algorithms, aimed at serving technology’s main purpose, aiding mankind in the pursuit of solutions to its problems.
Dear GES and all stakeholders, computing is the now and the future. Empower the next generation so they can help solve our problems.
What use am I if I can use Word, name and label parts of peripherals [a clerk, secretary, just like more than a billion others;when we have the capacity to be so much more?], when I could instead, rake in a lot of money by learning more practical, and in depth material.
Thanks for what has been offered so far, BUT there’s so much more that can be done, way more. Ghana (and Africa) has the capacity to solve its own problems. Let us bridge that gap, not let erosion deter us.
Teach coding, encourage creativity and innovation, we need tech billionaires too, by grooming our kids; they would be gurus by the time they’re ready to take up the mantle; coding takes time.
I must say congratulations to the WhizzKids initiative, which seeks to encourage kids in intellectual pursuits, through texhnology.