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3/9/2019 6:16:55 PM
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Teaching the Natives
My regards to HKN for reaching out to African natives with electrical engineering education. I surmise that it will be more of a challenge than is initially realized.

Having lived in the less-developed world for well over a decade and being involved in EE university education in Belize and Guatemala, it is quite clear that though the "primitive savages" might speak English in both Belize and S. Africa, they do not think like N. Americans. (Nor do Chapinos in Guatemala.) Discovering these subtle nuances will be a major aspect of the challenge to succeed in the project.

Obviously, IC designers are not needed in these places, but a good grounding in the fundamentals of electric circuits and electric machines can be useful for both the maintenance of electronic systems and the electrical infrastructure, both high priorities in the developing world.

AI? Forget it.

Let the curriculum develop and be refined as the teachers learn how and what to teach. Here in Belize, the U. of B is setting up their first E.E. dept and the "dean" of engineering, Leonard Mortis, is carrying out surveys to determine what is needed in the curriculum. The president of U. of B is a mechanical engineer from Trinidad, Dr. Clement Sankat, who has a clear understanding of what to do. Hopefully, the same situation will occur in Africa.

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