Patrick Awuah: Educating a new generation of African leaders September 14, 2019 49 By Ronny Jaskolski Related posts: Michelle Obama’s plea for education Do schools kill creativity? | Sir Ken Robinson Daphne Koller: What we’re learning from online education Let’s use video to reinvent education | Salman Khan CategoryArticles BlogTagsAfrica and arts Awuah development education Leadership liberal Patrick Talks ted TEDTalks that the 49 Comments ben fest says: August 8, 2007 at 7:12 pm thanks! Reply BIG SHAQ says: August 9, 2007 at 11:06 pm Not only enlightened leaders, but leaders who are also intelligent; with above average intelligence. Reply Sports Notes says: August 13, 2007 at 8:09 pm That was a very good video. I appreciate what is doing for Africa,particulary Ghana. If more people like him got involved with rebuilding Ghana then Ghana will be a very powerful nation. Reply scorinaldi says: August 21, 2007 at 11:00 am i'm glad for the work he's doing, but what's with the love affair with free markets? africa has been being perpetually screwed by runaway "free market" economic profiteers since colonialism. Reply CrowdPleeza says: August 25, 2007 at 10:40 pm Let's assume he's referring to the free markets or capitalism found in Botswana. Reply Billions McMillions says: November 7, 2007 at 7:26 pm Africa is resource rich so they will stay poor. The U.S. will exploit them for oil and diamonds while backing dictators. There are forces at work too strong to fix with simple aid. Reply David Ball says: December 20, 2007 at 11:43 pm As a high school teacher, I believe in a liberal education underlining the strength of a society. Free markets, with a strong liberal education, can save the future of Africans from those who wish it ill. Reply ghanboy says: February 2, 2008 at 6:45 am Just curious, does anyone know how old Mr. Awuah is? Reply Ernest Jackson Kuofie says: December 5, 2008 at 3:22 pm "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." Education is expensive business. We need to move away from the mediocre, cheap way of education and rather chart the course for world-class quality education right in Ghana. We should rather look at ways of making funds accessible for students through loans and other avenues like they do anywhere in the world! Quality is delivered at a cost, and we must be ready to pay for it!!! Reply Ernest Jackson Kuofie says: December 11, 2008 at 9:45 pm I said we need to move away from mediocre education.That education is free in Scandinavia doesn't mean it's inexpensive;they get enough Government funds and research grants from other donors. Ghanaian uni. don't have that support and are managing with what they have! What Ashesi is doing is to produce better graduates,and that comes at a cost! FYI, most of the students get scholarships from the school. And please research about University Rankings…and oh! u are WRONG! it's not my school! Reply LusoCMD says: December 20, 2008 at 3:53 am I really think that your altruism is great and there should be many more like you, the soil must have the right nutrients and the seed grows by itself to be the tree. Reply fishfishfishfishfish says: January 15, 2009 at 1:37 am This is on 4.5 stars rating right now – I'm surprised anyone gives it any less than 5 star. A superb, inspiring talk! Reply JimmyNaraine says: January 30, 2009 at 3:11 pm yeah, great speech Reply sudha1405 says: July 10, 2009 at 1:21 am Excellent speech..whatever he told applicable for lot of other countries too. Reply perssanji ibrahim says: November 13, 2010 at 5:10 pm africa needs more than talk. africa needs africans to feel like africans. and stop chasing life abroad and stop blaming white men when ever shit goes wrong. africa needs to stop adopting arabs, jews, christians, or any other not native religion and move on with their life and go back to their ancestors and love the continent with passion. selfish-lessly and to respect fellow africans equally like their own brothers and sisters, either they bantus, cushits or lighter skinned africans.. period Reply classicalmix says: March 13, 2011 at 3:34 am @kellygun7788 If your IQ was higher than 71 you would know that in order to write an IQ test you need to know how to read and write. I recommend you read wiki/Intelligence_quotient so you know that its given that a 40 year old man who finished high school will score higher than a 40 year old man who only finished grade 2, its not that this person failed grade 3, he just never had the chance to do it, that's what happens in Africa. Educate yourself. Reply AfricanThinkingChannel says: April 4, 2011 at 9:43 pm @kellygun7788 The IQ gap for educated blacks are closing so IQ is not something that can't change. Just look at UK africans who have an average IQ of 87-90 and increasing. It's called the Flynn effect. Reply ofosusam says: June 5, 2011 at 4:33 am Good job Patrick. However I disagree with the Liberal Arts stuff. Africa needs problem solvers, technical experts, healthcare, roads, machines etc etc. How does liberal arts solve any of those? We dont need it. China and India are on the rise and their education is not based on Liberal Arts, it is based on science and technology. Lets leave the philosophy, and theory of liguistics etc to the 19th century european aristocrats. Sorry Reply Joy Mulumba says: October 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm @ofosusam liberal arts teaches one critical thinking. You are right to point out that China and India are relying on science and technology to rise, but you can't forget how unequality still persist. Critical thinking may not get a nation to be in the top 10 but it gives opportunity to citizens to learn to think for themselves in science AND/OR philosophy. Reply simbakafiri says: October 22, 2011 at 7:32 am @bersanji what the fuck…only less than 1% of africans are abroad…and yes those white devils are the ones who are stealing and stole african land and resources…they are still doing that now…LIbya? Reply perssanji ibrahim says: October 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm @simbakafiri am not arguing that africans r at home majority, what am saying is : we need to stop thinking and dreaming to live like westerners … even the music is changed now, africans wanna b puff dady and 50 cents. Reply ofosusam says: November 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm @Mwenjo7 Yeah. I hear this all the time. So are you telling me a student who has passed Calculus, Mechanics, Differential Equations, Genetics, Organic Chemistry, Thermodynamics, etc etc cannot do critical thinking? Not true at all. In fact it is a laughable proposition based on lack of information or willful ignorance. We need a new liberal arts for the 21st century, something along the lines of Cosmology and evolutionary biology, then carear based science majors. Reply Joy Mulumba says: November 9, 2011 at 6:45 pm @ofosusam, I am in no way whatsoever questioning the critical thinking skills of science majors, but what I am pointing out is the pursuit of liberal studies which produces lawyers, artists, writers, filmmakers necessary to the culture of a society especially for those scientists who need to relax away from their works. They both are needed, you can't trade a writer's ability to reach the inner psyche of a person for an engineer's ability to repair bridges. Both are needed. Reply tricialo1 says: December 16, 2011 at 11:05 pm @Mwenjo7 I agree! Look at Nollywood as a case study! it is the best example of Nigerians consuming what they produce! Liberal studies is also essential to the progress of a continent. Reading what other people have written on their experiences inspires you to do more. The problem is people have a very narrow idea of what liberal arts consists of. Tourism is also another area that most african countries have not fully utilized. Reply ofosusam says: March 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm @Mwenjo7 Yes, but some subjects are more needed or in demand than others, so we have to set our priorities correctly. I am not against Liberal Arts, but it should not be the focus of an education system. Teach me me how to develop technology first, once done then I can relax and enjoy the shenanigans of philosphy, and classics in my free time. What technological innovation came from liberal arts? Zero. Now tell me why I should make it the focus of my education. Reply ofosusam says: March 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm @Mwenjo7 The only reason Liberal Arts is popular is because it is easy. The real subjects actually require you to use your brain. In Africa liberal arts was used to create an intelligensia and political class brainwashed to look down on their uneducated peers and enforce a colonial agenda. It seems to have worked very well. Science and tech can correct that and wean us off of our dependency syndrome. Reply ofosusam says: March 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm @joelet123 I doubt you can present evidece to back this up. I am not against the whole liberal arts thing. I just think it should not be the focus of the education system. teach it in high school. Then at university level we focus on specific areas needed address national manpower needs. Education is not free anymore so we need to focus our small resources most effectively. Reply Joy Mulumba says: March 14, 2012 at 4:55 am @ofosusam you were right about Liberal Arts not being the sole focus of an education system until you said it's easy or you don't use your brain because I challenge to show me YOUR creative work whether in poetry, painting, sculpture, drawings where you didn't use your brain and you will come to appreciate the intellectual and patience level required to be an artist. It's actually in the sciences where most of the brainwashing has always been happening. Reply Joy Mulumba says: March 14, 2012 at 4:59 am @ofosusam We don't have enough creative chemists, engineers, doctors who coming up with researches and innovations focused on African problems and environments. Most of our brilliant scientists work for international and western companies who can afford to pay them because of all the student loans or scholarship they received. This is a complex issue but dismissing liberal arts by saying it's not intellectual shows how much western imperialism through media has been working. African art needs Reply Joy Mulumba says: March 14, 2012 at 4:59 am @ofosusam African art, media should be appreciated on its own. Reply bichecarabiche says: February 25, 2013 at 7:34 pm OCACIA and bwngare it is all about blame game .. as long we blame the west,, we can all sleep in peace and ignore our own responsability!!! Reply YahSedQanu says: January 14, 2014 at 12:32 am Africa needs African centered thinkers and Africans with a clear African vision. Not a copy of the failed systematic thinking of Europe. Why haven't we learned and why is it that Africa seems to be only represented by Pro-European Africans who do not recognize the problem Western European form of Governance is causing globally? this is what I'd like to know. Where are the Authentic Africans? Reply James Bedu Kodjo Graham says: January 25, 2014 at 11:01 am Liberal arts is an american invention.africa needs to implement her own educational ideas in universities meaning tapping indigenous knowledge and languages. By combinibg that with western and easter ideas we shall move forward. specialized education ib science and engineering and technology is now a matter like the space race for the african continent. we have some numbers but we need to increase that five fold to compete effectively against the new powers from the east namely india china japan and the smaller figers like singapore thailand and vietnam. even europe and america have lost the tech race asia.even britain imports all her electrical gadgets now something unthinkable Back in 1959 or even the 1970s like africa fewer britons study science and technology to choice of business subjects and journalism. And it shows in lower produxtivity of britain today. especially anglophone africa copied the british colonila educational policy favouring grammar type education to neglect of technical and agricultural education and the negative perception of the youth can be seen in diminished request for those courses at the tertiary level reducing every year our competiveness globally. plolicy makers in africa are smart and theg have thr ifluence to move africa africa towards more science and texhnology than superstition and witchcraft, Reply James Bedu Kodjo Graham says: January 25, 2014 at 11:05 am Education managers save the afrikan continent to become a glibal giant in science technolgy theology and agriculture. Restructure the curricullum to suitvthe new times and African youth and elders will manicest their God given talents within for the rest of the world to see. The time is now or never.from sir gideon gaskin graham. Reply Ordinary Mevaker Edwin says: August 5, 2014 at 12:03 pm maybe africans should pass through imperial state, industrial state, and then get the idea of being a modern state….but they didn't bcos they weren't Europeans! Reply Atto-Kwamena Nhyira says: February 9, 2015 at 1:12 pm I know just one thing and over the decades – and especially in the past six years of government in Ghana – I am solidly convinced that THERE'S NOTHING ELSE THAT NEEDS FIXING FIRST AND FOREMOST, than the problem of CORRUPTION, INCOMPETENCE AND ARROGANCE in Ghanaian and African politics, governance, Civil & Public Services, EVEN PRIVATE LIFE! The African has become that corrupt, incompetent and arrogant much due to his/her perceived need (1) to do something to make ends meet, but (2) shamefully, to download western culture/lifestyles wholesale and assume them, NOT TAKING JUST A LITTLE TIME TO INVESTIGATE what is the magnitude of, and potential in the richness of the whole African vista. On almost every African soil you see a largely myopic, hypocritical, ideosyncratically imbalanced, attitudinally estranged middle and upper class citizens projecting values which are NO VALUES AT ALL but WHOLLY EXTERNALISED EXHIBITIONS of personal egos reflecting the purely material and temporal nature and perspectives of their very selves! In the face of evangelisation on ETERNAL LIFE across the continent on every conceivable platform disposable to Man to date, we prefer to just exist, that is, to live as though there were no Supreme Divine Being anywhere at all in the entire universe to whom we owe and should pay homages of RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HOLINESS! Of course Educational Reform that targets a crop – new crop – of African with the view to investing such Africans with the best that the Continent could offer in Black Africa knowledge and wisdom is to me a bold step. Yet that targeted African must guarantee the success of the plan with assurances of the establishment of TRUE INTERNAL TRANSFORMATIONS conducive to channeling this ambitious project to a safe haven – SUCCESS! This is the continent of my natural and ancestral nativity. I;m very proud of that and I wish Africa the very best. GOD BLESS THE CONTINENT OF BLACK PEOPLE. AMEN! (AKN, Accra, Ghana) Reply Kemetic Yogi Zone says: April 6, 2015 at 5:16 am Awesome Presentation! I am looking fwd to visiting Ashesi University when I visit am in Ghana in October. Reply djn says: April 9, 2015 at 2:06 am Very proud of my former classmate! Reply William Dukes says: April 27, 2015 at 12:48 am The presentation you gave awesome & full of compassion but why are we so blind to the European interest. They are the hugest weight to African corruption, They have"NEVER " been interested in Africa for Africans and "NEVER" will.That's the problem that needs the most attention!!!!!!! Reply Fredrick Ledelea says: July 27, 2015 at 8:55 pm Am greatly inspired by Patrick Awuah Motivation speech Reply Dumani Mandela says: August 21, 2015 at 10:13 am I am greatly inspired. Reply Andre Vermaak says: August 17, 2016 at 12:24 pm Excellent talk! Inspiring and thought-provoking! Reply Shankar Aryal says: October 1, 2016 at 5:47 pm really inspiring talk Reply Samuel Iiyambo says: December 7, 2016 at 7:41 pm Good Talk, enlightening indeed, thanks Patrick. Reply Daniel Falcon Camacho says: April 22, 2017 at 6:03 pm Busque burburos de elite y me salio esta wea to' loca xDxDxD Reply Bogdan Gourskii says: January 30, 2018 at 9:47 pm Hahahah go and study it…if you want to be a leader, in your mcdonalds shift hahahah. Give me a break, the most useless degree, together with genred studies, woman studies etc. Reply Itumo says: March 31, 2018 at 7:32 pm I don't understand why you're giving this talk to Westerners as if they are the stakeholders in Africa's future. Reply Alex Yeboah says: September 25, 2018 at 9:29 am The overwhelming difference between this speech and many others before it is that there are actual leadership programs such as from Ashesi college with tangible results. Reply barta madadaalis says: May 29, 2019 at 1:48 am How can Afrika effect change, create wealth, education healthcare when it can’t protect its interest. African states were made to be weak, poor and insufficient by the Europeans who made them because it suits them. When you have a continent with natural resources that literally drive the world economy, and no one is paying a dollar for it, who will spoon feed the Africans. Are the corporations who own African resources interested in educated African elites who can run the mining operations them selves and take them out of business, it doesn’t take a genius to understand what is required. May the Africans should write rap songs about the problem like Biggy and Tupac. 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