The World's next great thinkers may well be just as brilliant as the ones on this list, but they're likely to come to our notice in very different ways. Take William Kamkwamba, a 22-year-old from Malawi who already exemplifies a new generation of global leaders. A few years ago, he came upon an illustration of a windmill in an old textbook in a language (English) he barely understood and built one for his family so their " house could have electricity. Soon he was thinking of ways to mass-produce his invention for distribution as ready-made kits.
Swedish school girl Greta Thunberg has become the poster-child of climate change. Her well-publicized appearance at the UN Climate Action Summit has garnered varying reactions that have highlighted divisions over the urgency of Climate Change.
The article takes a look at the decline of poverty in several countries. It notes the work of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in helping people overcome extreme poverty in countries like Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Kenya. It attributes the decline in the number of people living in extreme poverty to several factors including growing economies, increased investments in education and healthcare, and advancements in technology and medicine.
The article explores importance of providing autonomy and personalization in assignments to students in order to motivate and engage them. Topics discussed include ways in which classroom environments and teacher-student relationships can influence motivation and engagement; findings of a study by Education Trust's motivation and engagement of students; and role of interest in a task or topic that spurs emotions and stimulates areas of the brain that can positively influence cognition.
Electricity powers growth, boosts education and improves lives, yet about 1.1billion mostly rural dwellers in Asia and Africa remain stuck in the dark. They have no electric light, rely on kerosene and diesel for power, and struggle to irrigate their crops. The good news is that people can be connected to clean, reliable power faster than ever before. But to realize their potential, governments need to rethink the role of utilities.
This study examined the impact of superstitious beliefs on influenza vaccine uptake and
investigated the role of health beliefs as underlying psychological mechanisms. It is hypothesized that
superstitious beliefs predict greater perceived risks in influenza and vaccines, which in turn affect influenza vaccine uptake.
War, corruption, famine and disease. Pick up a newspaper in any developed country and these four words will leap off the page in any given story about Africa. Often it can seem there is no good news to be found in the continent at all. This article, therefore, is another attempt to redress the balance of bad news. With help from the World Economic Forum (WEF), we have identified some young Africans who we believe represent the future of the continent.
There is a classic Mitchell and Webb sketch in which two doctors working in a "homeopathic A&E" treat a patient who has just been hit by a car. "Get me some wolf's bane, also known as monkshood, in here!" shouts Webb over the gurney. "And a whole tray of flower remedies!" Mitchell winces: "Oh ... his chakras are fading. He needs some crystals." Webb responds: "Nurse -- fetch me some purple-tinted quartz! All right, make that aquamarine quartz!"
Although the consequences of food insecurity on physical health and nutritional status of youth living have been reported, its effect on their mental health remains less investigated in developing countries. The aim of this study was to examine the pathways through which food insecurity is associated with poor mental health status among youth living in Ethiopia. Methods: We used data from Jimma Longitudinal Family Survey of Youth (JLFSY) collected in 2009/10. A total of 1,521 youth were included in the analysis. We measured food insecurity using a 5-items scale and common mental disorders using the 20-item Self-Reporting Questionnaire (SRQ-20). Structural and generalized equation modeling...
The present study investigated the relationship between level of education and liberalization values in large, representative samples administered in 96 countries around the world (total N = 139,991). These countries show meaningful variation in terms of the Human Development Index (HDI), ranging from very poor, developing countries to prosperous, developed countries. We found evidence of cross-level interactions, consistently showing that individuals’ level of education was associated with an increase in their liberalization values in higher HDI societies, whereas this relationship was curbed in lower HDI countries. This enhanced liberalization mindset of individuals in high HDI countries, in turn, was related to better scores on national indices of innovation. We conclude that this ‘education amplification effect’ widens the gap between lower and higher HDI countries in terms of liberalized mentality and economic growth potential. Policy implications for how low HDI countries can counter this gap are discussed.
The article discusses the possible social and economic conditions in developed and developing countries in the future year of 2050, including the aging population in Germany, population growth and the challenges to attain clean water in Nigeria. An overview of future social conditions of youth in developing countries, including challenges in obtaining housing and employment, is provided.
ModernsocietiesallovertheWorldarefacingnumerouschallengesofsustainability owing to a growing human footprint. A materialistic view of nature has resulted in unchecked consumption that has been propagated through Western colonization. Examples include, waterandfoodshortages,globalwarming,soildegradationowingtochemicalagriculture, deforestation, loss of species and biodiversity leading to the sixth massive extinction of biological species and possibility of a civilizational collapse. Incorporating our ancient and indigenous heritage into an educational programme requires a paradigm shift in the current education model. Here, we present results from a unique collaboration among scholarswithgreatinterestinancientandindigenousculturetodevelopandtoimplement a multi-cultural science education model of sustainability at the National University of Colombia, Medellin. Colombia has 87 different tribes comprising 3.4% of the country’s population, which presents a unique opportunity for in situ model development and implementation.
William Kamkwamba is working with the non-profit WiderNet Project and the WiderNet@UNC research lab at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) to create learning modules for the eGranary, a server that provides offline access to millions of videos, documents, and Web sites.
While some students reach for the stars, others read them. Astrology-related apps and zodiac-based memes now frequent the phones of college students, but not everyone at UT finds it practical.
Astrology uses knowledge about celestial bodies alongside tools such as star charts to generate predictions about future events and people's personalities. Despite its reputation as a pseudoscience, many UT students use the stars as a medium through which to learn about themselves and those around them.
Essential to future success will be the capacity of science teachers to educate our
next generation of citizens and leaders. It is critical that professional science teaching
associations, including NSTA, take a leadership position in establishing a vision for
accomplishing this goal. In its July 1996 position statement on international science
education, NSTA argued that it was important for science teachers to view “themselves,
their students, and teaching and learning in a global context.” This report articulates how
these words can be put into action.
In recognition of these global issues in science education, NSTA President Anne Tweed
appointed a task force to investigate and recommend a plan in support of an enhanced
international role for NSTA.