Cass academic takes lessons to Africa
Dr Nick Motson supports charity for gifted children
Dr Nick Motson, Lecturer in Finance at Cass Business School, visited Uganda earlier this year to teach at the African Gifted Foundation Academy. It was the second time he has supported the academy organised by the charity African Gifted Foundation. This year's academy was hosted at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. The project welcomes gifted children from across Africa to participate in a week long course delivered by leading academic volunteers.
The children come from a wide range of backgrounds but share a common extraordinary talent for mathematics. They are coached in a range of subjects from financial markets to code breaking to rocket science!
This year Dr Motson ran sessions on the dynamics of financial trading and banking. His sessions featured an online trading game to introduce financial markets to the children before they visited the Ugandan Securities Exchange so they could see their learning come to life.
Dr Motson said, "The week I spent in Uganda was, as last year, an awesome experience. Of the 20 million children in Africa approximately 1% fall in to the top tier category considered 'genius'. Initiatives such as the African Gifted Foundation are imperative in ensuring this gifted pool of talent is not overlooked and their potential is realised both for themselves and the rest of the world.
"The children's enthusiasm is infectious and their progress over the week is exciting. As Miles Morland, the founding sponsor of the charity says, "Somewhere amongst them (is) a future Nobel Prize winner.""