Education in Africa – More than math and Newton.

Last week I was asked by Egid, who is in his last year of secondary school and who does housework for me to get a bit of pocket-money, if I could photocopy some of his math notes for him.  I agreed – and was rather surprised to be presented with about 30 pages of text and equations such as the above.

I asked him what he thought about Newton, mentioned in the above notes, and why Newton might have wanted to pursue physics.  “Because he enjoyed it, I guess.”  Replied Egid.  And that’s just as good an answer as any.


Egid is very good in maths, logic, and related – but not so good in history, politics, and languages – though his French is really excellent.  He would like to do a technical course – perhaps in hospital patient care.  He was very much taken with the work of the nurses in the hospital where I stayed earlier this year.

But he and his relatives are far more diversified than their schooling experience, and I want to talk a little about that in a future blog, through pictures of the family I’ve taken over the past years.

Egid (middle), his brother Eric (left), and their cousin Joashi (right). (Regrets bad photo quality!)

His cousin Eric, after obtaining a technical degree in electrical engineering and working three years, has developed a great interest in going to university, and now is in his first year of University work, where he’s doing a variety of course and finds philosophy interesting and fun.

Their cousin Joashi,who never finished high school, and who continues to work for me from time to time, is on the right.


P.S. – Egid loved the two cartoons of Newton in this blog, and wanted copies to take to school.  So I gave him copies.

About dianabuja

With a group of BaTwa (pygmy) women potters, with whom we've worked to enhance production and sales of their wonderful pots - fantastic for cooking and serving. To see the 2 blogs on this work enter 'batwa pots' into the search engine located just above this picture. Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!
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