Dr. Lawrence Muganga might not be one of the most renown scholars or academics in the world but he's doing the country proud through his contribution and work in the education sector.
Recently, he published a book titled; "You Can't Make Fish Climb Trees" which is a must read to anyone who values education especially teachers, education managers, technocrats, parents, students and other education stakeholders.
Ever since he published the book, he has had countless TV and Radio interviews in different parts of the world and when he visited Uganda, he had a significant number of interviews on NTV Uganda and other media outlets.
It is through the book and the numerous interviews that the Ugandan-born Doctor managed to scoop a deal worthy Shs 3.7 billion ($1m) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to have the book available to as many people across the world as possible - mainly in Africa.
According to Dr Muganga, Africa's biggest problem currently is the education system that focuses on cram work than practices and skills to help students face the challenges of the world that they live in.
He focuses on 'Authentic Learning' which means an education that prepares students for the real world by equipping them with real-life skills to face the challenges of now and the future.
When you read this book, it clearly demonstrates why Africa is still lagging behind other continents despite the vast mineral resources!
Why is it that every big project in Africa is being executed by the Chinese despite the engineers Africa produces annually; the answer is very simple; schools produce theoretical graduates.
Schools in Africa still teach theoretical subjects as opposed to those in Asia, Europe, America and elsewhere who teach practical skills relevant to the current changing world.
It is in Africa where you find a young girl or boy interested in becoming a Doctor but she or he is being taught William Shakespeare, Napoleon and Hitler; of what relevance are they to his/her dream?
Now that African scholars are standing up to highlight the challenges keeping Africa behind and offering tangible solutions, we see a ray of hope for the African continent!
The book is available online on amazon.com, www.lawrencemuganga.com, books.friesenpress.com, barnesandnoble.com, chapters.indigo.ca, Amazon kindle, nook and kobo, iTunes and Google play.
In Uganda, the book is available in Aristoc Book Store and in Rwanda, it is available at Charisma Book Store.
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