One Belt And One Road is always the bridge of friendship between China and Africa.
Now let’s take a look at what KIGEN ISAYAH KIPKORIR has to say about the bridge, and his experience of studying abroad in China.
There is one famous Chinese saying that goes, 不怕慢，就怕停, is always in my mind ever since I was a young kid. The say translates to, don’t be afraid of slow growth, rather be of not growing at all. What lessons can we learn from this? Let’s take a walk together.
Maili Nne, Uasin Gishu County in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya is the place from which Kigen was brought to life. If you had the opportunity to have been to that place late ‘80s, ‘90s and early ’00, you wouldn’t need my introduction. But, since I am suspecting that a vast number of us reading this article have no clue, yet in the internet you won’t find the exact picture of the place, then, let me take this opportunity to shed some light that clearly depicts, light at the end of the tunnel.
A cosmopolitan area, none speaks mother language apart from, either; English or Swahili. We see some kids without a short, but wearing long T-shirts that covers down the knees. Some would argue, it’s a way for parents to avoid them messing up with clothes i.e. making them dirty, others would say it’s because they are-‘chokoraa’-street urchins. The fact remains, depending with the angle from which you are looking, we either were wearing our dad’s or elder brothers’ old T-shirts. This was neither because we nor our parents liked it, it was because of the situation that was key, we couldn’t manage to have enough meal of the day, what of new clothes monthly?
My family had small mugs written ‘Made in China’. Since I was always a naughty kid, knowing everywhere that is not Kenya is actually America, I was eager to know where China is. I had to keep the feeling until one day I saw one ‘Mzungu’ and decide to ask, “Is you eat dog?” I was so surprised how on earth a white man can fail to know how to speak English! I was in the dark. The darkness was so intriguing that it actually killed my morale of going to America. It actually, pushed me to discover more about China. I always thought of being rich and begin my own country-China.
During my mid teenage life, I was exposed and knew more. I became so interested to knowing more about who China is. Since the ‘white man’ who was a Chinese came, Maili Nne has become a more developed place. ‘A place never changes without people changing’. Due to the rapid growth of population and the challenge in political system, we were later forced to change the location and move to a more reserved location. All this it was because my brothers, sisters and I were working in tandem. Thanks to our parents for inducing; communism, dictatorship, democracy…, in short, they instilled oneness in us. They later sent me to China to see how it will work with Kenya. Today, one and a half years down the line, I am a 1st year BSc. Computer Science student and also a Deputy Student leader in South China University of Technology (SCUT), Guangzhou China.
After that much introductions, let’s roll down and see what impacts that China and Kenyan co-operation bring to the youths. Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), I haven’t got the privilege to be there since its completion. With the presence of the SGR, I just read and hear that lives have been changed. My brother had the privilege of going to Mombasa and back in the course of the weekend. He not only enjoyed the comfort ability of the ‘beast’, but finished the business in time for other opportunities. As much as I am really feeling the urge of riding in the Madaraka, I have not too much capacity to pay flight fare before I finished paying my School fees. What I am certain, it’s –probably- after school that I will ride in it.
Technology is running the world. Cybercrimes, satellites, energy and much more. Since the dark times of my childhood, I have always want to have memories of them, but since they were long gone, I would like to empower the current young generation so that they would not only have something to tell their young generations but also show them with proven facts. The reason why I chose China over Japan or any other nations, is because she is the powerhouse of technology. Seeing is believing, that’s the mantra for many of us. As we may see, currently China is a mother to many nations. She provides for the world, Kenya is not an exception.
Youth in any nation are a backbone to the economy. Empowering youths, is improving the economy. China is taking great steps in developing youths of my country. Improving technology and infrastructure, improves the lives of many directly or indirectly. Mobile money transfer-having its foundation in Kenya- is a platform that needs much investments. This investment include; the current technology, security, among much more. Once we empower the technology industry, it will improve the economy vastly. With the example of M-Pesa, technology has brought people to work and in M-Pesa kiosks, and other institutions where money is key. We can also see in the banks, that mobile money-‘online banking ‘is becoming a boom in the economic growth, thus provides empowerment to the youth.
We all have the mantra and still believe that China is the powerhouse of technology- of which you and I are agreeing about. Having been an alumni of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), you can actually see that I am a guy who is technologic minded dude. I decided to 华南理工大学（SCUT）so as to help improve my home financially. When my home becomes rich, my neighbors thus do. When they too improves living standards, the nation is at a rise. It’s a chain that with empowerment
Education, as we all know, is a space and symbol of growth. In Kenya, it is dynamic and constantly growing. Although Kenya instituted Free Primary Education in 2003, the government still has challenges reaching all of its school-aged population, especially those in less marginalized or rural areas. In that case, a vibrant non-governmental sector is playing a significant role in Kenya, seeking to deliver, augment, or coordinate with the government to provide education services to Kenya’s youth.
As I once read from an article, CEI had initiated nearly 120 innovative programs operating in Kenya. The majority of these were launched in Kenya, while others originated elsewhere but have expanded their operations and programming to include Kenya. This Database at a Glance report will highlight some of the popular approaches and emerging models observed from the CEI database, in order to provide a glimpse into Kenya’s education landscape.
According to opta statistics, technological educational programs around the world are taking advantage of rapid increase in Internet and mobile connectivity to expand education access to and improve quality. As of 2014, more than 30 percent of households in low and middle-income countries had Internet access, compared to less than 10 percent in 2005.
Moreover, in 2014, there were about 90 mobile phone subscriptions for every 100 inhabitants in the developing world, as opposed to 23 just 10 years prior.
Statistically speaking, according to the opt, Center for Education Innovations (CEI) has profiled more than 140 educational technology programs. Several of them are leveraging expanded access to technology to help students learn. Tools like solar-powered tablets, durable laptops, and permanent Internet stations are being used to make learning and teaching faster, easier, and more efficient. All around the world forward-thinking programs are helping to connect students, teachers, and educators to people and resources.
‘一带一路助我圆梦’ translating to One Belt One Road help realize my dream, is an initiative by the Chinese government that help the 3rd world countries realize their potentials. I was only 4 months old in China, when my University hold the talks on the One Belt One Road initiative. The topic was in Chinese language and had a dream of participating in it. I tried my level best until I was allowed to. On stage, after my few words I could utter-at least not even fluent- I was allowed to read the characters. It was a competition with the elite students of Chinese language. The; Indonesians, Thailand’s, Vietnamese just to mention but a few. That shows how determined youths are.
I have a dream to realize, empower the youth with technological education that they can perform hands on. Let them know how to repair vehicle, how to improve agriculture, how to make sports interesting, and all these at least comes out through help of technology. In summary, China is well versed with Technology, and are in a good position to educate the Kenyan youth.
They can help instill with knowledge on how to improve technology in; Agriculture-food security, Education-knowledge empowerment, and many more. My dream, no matter how hard it might have seem, with the help of ‘一带一路助我圆梦’, the dream is very viable. Thanks to the Chinese government under the stewardship of His Excellency President and Chairman of the Peoples Republic of China 习近平。Sir, be blessed even more.
KIGEN ISAYAH KIPKORIR
Guangzhou South Railway Station doing volunteer works
Volunteer works inside the High Speed Train (I wish it was My Country)
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