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Saturday, April 29, 2017

#Badminton #Canada - #Moncton goes for GOLD #NB411 #NS411 #PEI411 #NL411


Today our 4 kids from Moncton are in Truro, Nova Scotia competing against some very tough kids from the 4 Maritime provinces.

It will be the same tomorrow.

This weekend is the last tournament and the teenagers have exams coming up.  Only this weekend they did not have to miss school on Friday.  Truro is only about 90 minutes drive from Moncton.  The kids from Newfoundland and Labrador likely had to miss school on Friday to fly in.

Our kids in Moncton have great coaches who are also teachers and parents.  So they ensure the kids do their school work while training for these tournaments.  The other badminton clubs in the 4 clubs also have great teachers and coaches.

All the coaches will tell you their kids do well in school.  Sports teaches discipline and our kids do not have private teachers despite having to comply with school work with each tournament.

The kids' typical day is school from 9am to 5pm.

Lunch hour or gymn hour is hard practice. Then Monday to Thursday, they still have to go to their local club to play and improve.

Fridays have no practice and neither is Saturday nor Sunday.  But on Monday all school work must be done.

Most of these kids work Friday evening after school and work all day Saturday and Sunday.

So we are talking about kids as young as age 12 who work 80hrs a week. Then Ugandan graduates think 40hrs of work a week is hard.  Try to walk in the shoes of a Canadian kid.

So when it comes to competing for work in the Global Village, will you measure up? Even think that these kids are tech savy.

Uganda needs to overhaul its education system and emphasize sports, music and other humanities.  Most geeks play sports and music.

President Yoweri Museveni said Humanities are useless but no one in his family has a degree in STEM.  They just gerrymander and then inflict poverty on the population while emptying the national treasure.

For someone who half passed Political Science to put down humanities one would expect him to be a medical doctor.

Dr. museveni does not hold a degree in Medical Science.  In fact his PhD from Tanzania was for politics.  Then you look at President Magufuli.  If Magufuli walks in a hospital at least he can treat patients.

Martha Leah Nangalama
Moncton, Canada

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