November
2013
10

The results of online learning

Julius Yego

To continue talking about education, online learning and new technologies after the post about Isaac Asimov and education, I believe I could not find a better example than Julius Yego.

 

Julius Yego is a Kenyan javelin thrower. However this is not what makes him someone special. But what does makes him special is that he is a self taught javelin thrower from a poor country (HDI index of 0.519, position 145 out of 186) with absolutely no support for javelin throwing.

 

He started from nothing, no coach, no money to pay for his training, no special equipment and that did not stop him. He never gave up and recently was classified this august as 4th on the world championships in Moscow 2013. On 2012, he made history as the first African Javelin thrower to qualify for the Olympics finale in London. This is the result of his determination and online learning.

 

His method was simple: passion and technology. He is his own coach; well he and the videos available on Youtube. He circumvented the lack of proper coaches by spending hours at cyber cafes in Nairobi to improve his technique by watching and learning from his idols.

 

Here is a video of himself explaining his story. Short video (around 2 minutes).

 

 

I truly believe he earned his nickname as Mister YouTube Man.

 

This is a great example of the possibilities people can achieve by online learning nowadays. And this example is from a poor country with limited resources. If this is the result of education and new technologies in a developing country like Kenya, the possibilities in developed countries are even more fascinating.

 

Everyday there are more and more resources available. I believe we are reaching a point where technology is no longer a boundary in online learning. We are reaching a point where us humans are the boundary. We keep telling ourselves that we need more determination and more passion; sadly that is one of the hardest things to learn.

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