Tuesday, April 26, 2011

GH Parliament Members & Their Levels of Education

Reading quotes & comments by some of our MPs usually leaves me curious about their levels of education.
It turns out a number of them have "gone to school aaaaa fine".

We don't really have a complete picture since some of the MPs (a few loud ones) excluded education info from their profiles.

I value formal education. I don't think it would be too much to ask that members of our legislative branch have at least a Masters degree before their 1st day of work as MPs. 

Do you care what qualifications our MPs have? Should level of education be used to screen prospective MP candidates?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Only in Ghana? Not at all.

Apparently, the universal trick to get more gas (petrol) into your car’s fuel tank, is to rock the car a little while filling up. This makes the fuel act like sand, settling tightly at the bottom of the tank thereby creating extra capacity that wouldn’t have existed otherwise.
All these years, I thought Ghana taxi & tro-tro drivers were the only ones privy to this classified info. I should have been silly and asked the man at the other pump this morning what he was trying to achieve.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Looking back, could they have been too hasty?

* Increasing oil prices appear to adversely affect the global economy.
* World cocoa price steadily increased in the late '60s and significantly in the mid 70's.
* The price of gold rose steadily in most of the '70s, intensely peaking in 1980.

* Since Ghana's Independence, we have had coup d'etats in 1966, 1972, 1978, 1979 & 1981.

With the timelines noted above, is it possible that
1.The leaders were judged & removed too quickly each time for not being able to develop the nation in times when there were global meltdowns?
2. The Heads of State that came into power had no clue what they were getting into & for years, never figured out what to do in terms of developing a nation?
3. External factors with not-so-noble interests in Ghana's natural wealth, got a few puppets to de-stabilize the ruling governments in challenging times?

For me, any of one of these 3 is bad enough. Too bad only 1 of our leaders from the 60's & 70's  is alive to shed light on what really was going on at that time. (1 out of 6 is not exactly statistically reliable)
Maybe we should require certain credentials of aspiring presidents. e.g. at the least, bachelors degree in  finance, international relations, business law?

If you read this and get the chance to become President or Head of State of Ghana, please take us on a better path.
Kids, stay in school.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

to jump-start your week

A mute person goes into a shop and wants to buy a toothbrush.
By imitating the action of brushing his teeth he successfully expresses himself to the shopkeeper and the purchase is done.

Next, a blind man comes into the shop who wants to buy a pair of sunglasses; how does HE indicate what he wants?

How important is education?

A formal education broadens our horizons. Granted that some teachers are not educators and have no business being in a classroom, what we gain in school is significant and shouldn't be down-played.

If someone is picked and appointed to head an office based on their expertise in the matters handled by that office, I can excuse that. However, I'd expect that person to have a good grasp of the primary language used in conducting business. If the language errrm escapes them every now and then, I'd suggest they get a translator. UofG graduates a bunch of linguists every year.
Why do we have MPs that can't speak english very well? It reduces my confidence in how effective they are at doing their job. How do they ensure that contracts, policies etc are properly written?

I can imagine that is is easy to resort to insults and name-calling when one doesn't have enough vocabs to hold intelligent discussions/ debates. That could be the reason why our politicians act the way they do.

I'd love to see Ghana do more in educating our children.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Think quickly

[answer quickly]
If you are in a race and you overtake the person in 2nd place, what position are you in?

I admire....

I admire the initiative Jehova's witnesses & Mormons take to go out and talk to random strangers about what they believe in.
I admire the dedication Moslems have to prayer. They wash and pray.
I'd really grow a lot if I were as dedicated as they are.
There is so much that we can learn from each other.
Each of us on this planet might be after the same thing in life but chasing it in different ways.

I'm learning to be a better listener. Quick to listen, slow to speak.
I do not have to accept anything you tell me, but i will listen and I will think about it.
If i hear you talking about something that doesn't make sense to me, I won't make you my enemy. I'll pray for guidance for you. The same guidance I ask for myself each day.
That is because I love you as myself.

I'm still working on me.

I Believe (pt 2)

I am still working on me.
For any task I take up, there is a purpose. Possibly a timeline for completion as well.
I'd also know what indicators would signify successful completion of the task.
I have thought about my life and my purpose here on earth. I haven't totally figured mine out yet so trust that I won't be imposing my views on anyone. However, if you ever find yourself in a bind I've been in before, I'll tell you what works for me.
There has got to be a reason why I am here on this earth and there certainly is something expected of me.
The basics I have come up with are these two;
Treat all human beings as I'd want to be treated & make the most of each breathing moment I have.

What would make my day? Being at peace with myself and knowing I have been productive by the end of the day is what would make my day. Both of these go back to the two basic points I mentioned since being at peace with myself would mean everyone I interacted with throughout the day was uplifted somehow by our interaction, as much as I was.

I wonder if i'm alone in thinking this way.