RSI Corporate - Licensing

Can learning languages make your child more intelligent

The Standard Media – Lee Mwiti

“Naima Karimi is proud that her daughter Tiffany Nkatha can speak four languages. English, Kiswahili, French and her mother tongue, Kimeru. Tiffany, 16 years old and in Form Three, started learning French when she was 13 and seems to have an affinity for languages. “She is good at languages and always excels in them. She is also good at writing. She intends to learn German too and, if possible, Chinese,” Ms Karimi says proudly. Such a revelation from a parent, no matter how humble, brings to the core the level of importance we place on children learning other languages apart from the English they encounter in schools and in middle class homes. To a larger extent, Kenyans are progressive when it comes to mastery of languages since most children grow up learning English, Kiswahili and, for some, their mother tongue. Majority of schools also teach a host of foreign languages including French, German and recently Chinese.”(more)

Kenya: Without Creativity, Success in School Is Not Possible

All Africa – Alla Tkachuk, MSc

“Creativity drives progress. It is vital to our success and well-being. It guarantees our very survival. Without human ingenuity, the advancement of human condition is not possible. Yet, the value of creativity is often not recognised…What is creativity?…Creativity is the ability to think. It is our capacity to generate new ideas, ideas that bring change and improvement. Albert Einstein called creativity ‘true intelligence’. Creativity can be referred to as innovation, resourcefulness, or thinking ‘outside the box’. Significantly, it is a skill that can be taught and learned….The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a world’s leading business/education collaboration, says that creativity a key skill young people need in order to succeed in the 21st century…Creativity must be at the center of education. The Industrial Revolution model of schooling – that prepared workers rather than thinkers – is outdated. Technology has radically changed the rules. In the ‘innovation’ economy of the 21st century, the ability to think creatively is essential.”(more)

Kakenya Ntaiya: Bringing Education to Kenya’s Girls

National Geographic – Hannah Bloch

“Kakenya Ntaiya, a pioneering education activist in Kenya and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, is one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2013, putting her in the running for CNN Hero of the Year. For the past five years, the boarding school she started in her own village of Enoosaen, 250 miles outside Nairobi, has educated Maasai girls from the fourth through eighth grades, giving them the foundation to continue their schooling in high school and beyond.”(more)