Patrick Awuah: Educating a new generation of African leaders
A comment posted on the TED.com website in response to this inspirational presentation that demonstrates the power of an individual to influence a community - and a nation - through selfless determination and an unwavering belief in the leadership capacity of youth.
Vats Dravi – May 31 2008
An inspiring talk... Leadership can empower a nation and the education system of every nation should instill good leadership skills in its students. This should be a vital aim of the current education system. To be able to evolve into good leaders, its essential that educational institutes churn out informed, ethical and conscientious citizens. As pointed by Patrick, the challenges in being different or bringing about a change are uphill and not everyone can be Herculean like Patrick. Not all citizens belonging to nations harbouring the "bottom billion" know how to or dare to fight corruption. But if one common man shows courage to fight it, to speak against it, atleast 3 will join him. Hence developing good leaders is very essential. Every citizen has to be a leader in some form. Its very essential, therefore, that education curriculum also makes people self aware of their rights, of the basic laws to empower them and help set precedence for others to become crusaders of social cause. What inspires me more is that you came back to Ghana to serve your country renouncing the luxuries of a upper middle class life in Seattle and the comfort of a lucrative job in Microsoft. You are an socio-entrepreneur because you are not only empowering the students of Ghana but also providing employment to many. Third world nationas, especially Africa, need more Patrick Awuah. I congratulate you for your achievements and mission!