The Imafidon family
Dr. Chris Imafidon a Uk-based Nigerian whose children broke academic records in Britain to become the youngest persons ever to pass the University of Cambridge’s advanced mathematics exam and also the youngest ever to enter high school says every child is a genius. He’s scheduled to give a keynote address during the HLF Young Achievers Awards taking place on October 17 at The Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos. Writes Funke Olaode
He has often said that every child is a genius and evidence has demonstrated that. Dr. Chris Imafidon, a world renowned scholar who has taught at Oxford, Harvard and Cambridge Universities at various times and consults for the United Kingdom, United States and other governments presents new evidence to support his theory that there is a genius in every child, and asks society to do all it can to develop each child’s talent even if the child is from the poorest post code.
Chris Imafidon, a patriarch of Britain’s brainiest family and honorary board member of the Excellence in Education programme, has often said that every child has an estimated 100 billion brain cells and one cell computes faster than the world’s fastest NASA super computer. “Any baby learns and absorbs information sixty times (60x) more than teenagers. Therefore, it is self-evident that my widely quoted assertion that every kid is a whizzkid is an absolute truism” This revelation and many more will be revealed at the annual award ceremony of the Hallmark of Labour in Lagos, Nigeria this October. Chris Imafidon will demonstrate through scientific evidence, family and other recent case studies that there is a genius in every child.
Imafidon, whose eldest child became the youngest ever Masters graduate in the twin specialisms of Mathematics and Computer Science from Oxford University, will cite the results of preliminary studies which involved students at University of Oxford and some London Universities. He will conclude that “the appropriate use of innovative computer tools and techniques is a bigger factor than parent’s genes, postcode, gender, or any other factor in student academic achievement.”
According to him, “Every learning endeavour is affected by technology. There is a clear distinction between formal studying and learning. Recent neurological studies show that every juvenile is a genius and he will support this with additional case studies from London worst performing schools.
He is also expected to reveal how innovative computer technology can be used as a yardstick for school achievement and referred people to the Imafidon website (www.imafidons.com) where anybody can easily download Secrets of their academic success. He will call for “a larger, Nigerian-based, long term (longitudinal), multi-centre study on the exact underpinnings of the trend busting phenomenon of academic overachievement of these inner-city students from the worst performing schools, boroughs, and counties.”
Citing his children’s academic success, “Not in the genes, not in the postcode, not in the gender, or in the school. But in the optimum, enabling environment where Mathematics is a game and learning is fun. I will salute the teachers, parents and volunteers of the Excellence in Education programme for inner city pupils for their pioneering work with socially disadvantaged students. I congratulate organisations, churches and other community groups such the Hallmark of labour for exceptional leadership.
The whole society must do all it can to develop each child’s talent even if the child is from the poorest post code, or the worst school.”
At the end of his lecture apart from impacting knowledge, Imafidon will draw on his research on educational informatics and additional information/experience as a school governor and an honorary board member of the EIE programme and make a proposal on educational re-engineering. He will propose a new program to “the country on how to save at least two billion pounds every year if more investment is made strategically at the appropriate school stage.
“It’s not just education but it makes economic sense. It was Benjamin Franklin who said investment in education yields the highest dividends.Therefore, no one can put a value on education, or mental development.”
He is expected to concluded with a reiteration of his “fervent belief that there is a genius in every pupil and called on all secondary school students to “target University Education. If all students focus on University, widening participation in higher education would be raised to 100% and end the unending debate about how many of our youths should benefit from University education.”