News From Ramaz
Nine senior students who elected to register for a new course, Service Learning, are meeting and speaking with people who have made unparalleled contributions to communities that few of us have on our radar. Students were introduced to Malawi in Africa to learn about dedicated and principled individuals who are determined, against all odds, to design and successfully implement "inventions" that while using the most up-to-date entrepreneurial principles, address devastating conditions: hunger, widespread health threats, climate change causing droughts, erratic growing seasons causing volatile economies, and poor education, if not more!
Students held an amazing Skype session with Mr. Brian Mealer, author of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the true story of William Kamkwamba. William was born in Malawi, a land withered by drought and hunger, and a place where hope and opportunity were hard to find. With nothing more than used scrap metal, tractor and bicycle parts, William forged a crude but operable windmill, and from that machine, William brought electricity to his village. Mr. Mealer was determined to tell William's uplifting story to the world and did so through his book. Today William, after receiving acknowledgment that led to a fine education in the States, is giving back to his community in Malawi, determined to bring "light" to endless other areas, so that human inventiveness and its power to overcome adversity will encourage investors to support his and others' endeavors.
Students were in awe of Mr. Mealer's natural and unassuming manner which is his emblematic style, as he never took credit helping bring fame to William. They asked meaningful, if not pointed, questions that could almost be perceived as insensitive, but showed that our students really understood that an idea without the support of a team of like-minded people and uncompromised dedication and purpose can fail, and Malawi didn't seem so far away, as its challenges are ones that must concern us as well.
To view William's TED Talk, please click HERE.