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You Can Change the World

James Watt was born on January 19, 1736 in Scotland, in the small port of Greenock near the mouth of the River Clyde. His father is a trained carpenter and can build anything, from furniture to ships. Mr. Watt’s fine business sense and skills brought good money into the family’s home. Although not rich, he and his wife Agnes were comfortable. They needed that comfort, for their home life together was blighted by sadness. Agnes had baby after baby, and they all died.

When James was born, she re-doubled her efforts to protect her baby from the dozens of illnesses that threatened children then. This time, she succeeded and James – a thin, weakly little boy – survived. But his ailments survived with him. All through his childhood, he suffered from migraines and dreadful toothaches, and they condemned him to a sort of double life. One day, he’d be talkative, friendly, interested in everyone and everything around him; the next, he’d lost in a haze of pain.

He was obviously bright but, at first, his migraines stopped him attending school. So his parents – themselves highly intelligent – started educating him at home. Agnes taught him to read; her husband, busy though he was, made time to give him lessons in writing and arithmetic. He also gave him a small carpentry set; armed with miniature saws and chisels, the boy took all his toys to pieces, put them together again, and then invented new ones.

James spent a childhood as happy as his troubled health would allow. Watt learned everything about his father’s business and by mid-teens, his mind was made up. He wanted to be a maker of scientific instruments, not a carpenter nor a shipwright.

In 1754, he left home to acquire more training in Glasgow. Later, he was over-worked, under-nourished and rejected until he met Joseph Black, a hugely-distinguished scientist who’d just been appointed professor of chemistry of Glasgow University. Black arranged things so that Watt could set up shop in the university grounds. And they made it official by giving him the title of “Mathematical Instrument Maker to the University”. This was all the support Watt needed to achieve his dream. He eventually invented a new improved steam engine.

His steam engine was faster, cheaper and more powerful than any earlier model. His Steam Engine was to harness power in a way never achieved before and one that would mark the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Before the ‘Steam Age’ energy was provided by humans actually pushing and pulling, horses, wind or water – all of which have one main problem: they are controlled by nature, unpredictable, unreliable and not very strong.

The new steam engine could be used to pump the mines clear of water, to speed up production in the cotton mills, the flour mills, the steel factories. It changed the face of the world industrially and socially – papers were printed faster, trains were invented for land and steamships for water. Industry moved from a home-based craft trade to factory-based mass production. James Watt’s steam engine changed the world itself.

You too, can change the world. Make it happen.

Culled from Uju Onyechere’s post on MODELS AND MENTORS INT’L group on Facebook.

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Let’s learn to live and bless others

Live and love

I just read this blog (http://gbonjubolasanni.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/lets-learn-to-live-and-bless-others/) from a good teacher and I think you can make a difference too. Yes YOU 🙂 .

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Its about spending wisely during the coming holiday season and one of the things that struck me is that we need to get to a level where our lives is not all about us anymore. Even though we have needs, we need to be aware that some people have more pressing needs. Some of us are thinking of the caliber of people we want our kids to school with while some can’t even afford to send their own children to any type of school. Some of us are thinking of balanced diet when some can’t even boast of a meal in a day. Some of us think of designer clothes while some children don’t even have any decent covering for their bodies. We think of living in a better and more serene environment while some kids can’t boast of a proper shelter.

All of these are not bad in themselves as life should continue to get better and better for us all but we need to remember to show love to those who are less privileged for whatever reasons. How else can we do this without giving? Doesn’t the scripture also say it’s more blessed to give than to receive.

I’m a part of an initiative “A thousand smiles” to support an orphanage (Jesus Children Mission Home, Ibadan) that’s been privately run by a family with no regular substantial support before now.

As at today, there are 95 kids in the orphanage with 50 others in people’s homes (adopted, sponsored, etc). This year alone, four of the children gained admission into University of Ibadan, Ibadan and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife with scores over 250 in the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board exams. They also cleared all their papers in the West African Examination Council exams. It’s amazing!! As a group, we’ve been to the orphanage 3 times and thus observed that they need the following:

1. A coaster bus to take them to/fro schools

2. A building of their own and before then house rents for the home and school buildings for the younger kids

3. Increased cost of feeding to enable well-balanced diets for the growing children

4. Educational scholarships from primary – university education

Our dream is to raise N20 million before December 2013 ends to support the above in a Thanksgiving Variety Show/Special Fund Raising Event on 8 December 2013 where the beautiful talents of the kids in the home will be showcased.

You might not be able to make the event but you can join this cause by making a donation as God gives you the grace.

Like I mentioned to some friends, it’s not actually the amount you’re able to give that matters. It’s more of the spirit behind the giving. N20 million looks like a big feat but if 20,000 of us decide to give N1,000 each, we are there already. If 8,000 of us give N2,500 each, we have it. If 4,000 of us give N5,000 each, we
have it. If 2,000 of us give N10,000 each, we have it and if 1,000 of us give N20,000 each, we have it. Let me not bore you with that, I’m just showing you that it’s possible. I believe you can give something that will put smiles on the faces of these kids who will in turn be able to live life with more vigor.

If you’re interested in being a part of this, kindly send me an email via gbonjute@yahoo.co.uk. As you open doors for others, more doors of great opportunities will be opened to you too.

Thank you.

“A Thousand Smiles” is powered by Women Connected By Purpose.

Is your Child worth it?

 

Laptop-4-learning

Today, I got a message from my financial mentor (Adeolu Akinyemi) and thought of sharing with you a post from his blog. As financial forebearers, one of our thoughts should always drive towards thinking about short term and long term. If you are a parent or a youth who would soon be a parent someday, reading this, the information here would be as useful for you today as it would be tomorrow.

In 15yrs, the world will be more of a global village. Your children will compete with other children around the world for opportunities to work and in business. Children around the world are preparing, is your child prepared?

In just 10yrs, the average human being will have 10 Devices all hooked up to the internet, which of these are you preparing your children on?

In Asia the average 3yr old already has a tab from where they learn, by playing educational games, they are already learning numeracy, literacy and colours – does your child have a tab?

In the West, children are already having a total experience that turns them on academically and makes learning fun by the use of these amazing gadgets. Games like Angry Birds, Bad Piggies and children games have been downloaded over 50million times. Does your child know them?

Here in Nigeria some schools are charging their pupils huge sums and bundling tabs into what primary school students get to use in school, all in the bid to keep them competitive and global. Are your children competitive and global? Do you need to pay N1m per term to keep them competitive?

Chalk is archaic, pencil is getting outdated, the new cool tool for rapid and revolutionary development is the tablet. A2W presents you with one customized specially to aid your child all round global development. As a parent, you can play the same games with your children and keep the communication on.

My Testimony (A2W MD)

My Daughter (Primary 4) and Son (Primary 1) are so in love with the Verizon Tab. I get them to do a number of numeracy sums on it, and they naturally take it more seriously than if it was pen and paper. The glamour of a new tool makes education so exciting. Then I get to tell them that if they do very well, I can get them to play a game. They so love it!

Angry Birds
Angry Birds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Additional Benefits

1. Touch Screen technology helps your child with hand and eye coordination. Children love to touch things and a touch screen gives them the ‘action-reaction’ that creates anticipation and keeps them interested while, at the same time, developing their hand-eye coordination. It also allows for a measure of creativity for art and finger painting programs – and without all the mess.

2. Portable! Weighing less than a kg and with a 5-7 hour battery life, you can take it with you anywhere – whether using it in the car or overnight at Grandma’s house. And unless you unlock the internet access to download some new game or a new i-book, there is no need to be near a Wi-Fi hotspot.

3. Extremely Expandable! Easily converted to a powerful general-purpose Wi-Fi tablet as your child matures. Thousands of apps for general tablet use are available in the Google Play Store marketplace. And, having USB ports, an SD card slot and an HDMI port opens up a wide range of possibilities. They can even play their games from the tab on TV

4. More Fun than a Toy! 60+ Pre-Loaded Programs and Games. All the programs for developing visual word and sound associations, reading, math, telling time, art and memory skills are designed to be great fun for kids.  And when they have mastered a couple of skill levels, you can unlock one of many pre-loaded most-popular adventure and skill games for them – that are arguably even more educational, but in a different way. And while most parents would like to slow the process, you can virtually watch your child mature before your eyes.

5. 1 Year Warranty! Although we test every feature of your tablet before we ship it to you, sometimes computers just break on their own. If your tablet gets ill anytime within the first year of service, we will be happy to repair or replace it according to our normal warranty procedures as specified in our warranty description.

6.  A Time to Bond! Kids grow up way too quickly. We all try to grab onto any opportunity to enjoy a sharing moment with our children.

So, in addition to the obvious educational benefits of this tablet, you shouldn’t overlook taking advantage of spending some quality time with your child in a fun and positive experience you both will always remember.

Looking for a doorway into their world? We’ll provide the medium. You provide the love.

If you would love to create a specially customized tab like this for your children, or you want to resell them on our behalf to other parents, please contact us here FAST. Limited stock available.

Let me know what you think. Drop a comment…

culled from http://www.deoluakinyemi.com/is-your-child-worth-it/