This 10 Y/O Math Genius & College Student Proves STEM Industries Need Girls!

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Dear World, meet the future Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and every other STEM prodigy you can think of, because 10 year old Esther Okade is already way ahead of where the aforementioned moguls were at that age.

This is the face of a math genius who is already enrolled in college, yet expertly balances the life of a child prodigy with stuff normal girls like, such as watching ‘Frozen’ and going shopping.

A report by CNN states the young British Nigerian girl from Walsall in the West Midlands is one of the country’s youngest college freshman. Ummm what do they mean “one”? How many 10 year old prodigies are hiding across the UK?!?

This girl clearly possesses a brilliant mind and is exemplary of why the science, tech, engineering and math industries need to be tapping into young female talent. According to a September 2014 report, women roughly make up half the workforce in the UK, but only a fifth of STEM jobs are held by women. Excluding health-related occupations, the percentage of women in STEM occupations is less than 10%.

Is this young girl going to be part of a generation who will hopefully change these statistics?

Esther is enrolled in Open University, a distance-learning program and is already topping the class having scored 100% on her firs exam. She is under no illusions about her own talent and already has some big plans laid out.

“I want to (finish the course) in two years. Then I’m going to do my PhD in financial maths when I’m 13. I want to have my own bank by the time I’m 15 because I like numbers and I like people and banking is a great way to help people.”

(Ps, you KNOW this pic below is staged because there is now way Esther’s mom is teaching her anything she doesn’t already know.)

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Hey Esther, mind fixing the Wall Street problem when you get a sec? Thanks, we have faith you can do it, probably by 18.

Esther’s parents said they noticed her unusual talent from an early age. Initially she was enrolled in a public school, but didn’t like it so her mother started home-schooling her from age 3. In the UK you don’t have to enrol in school until you are 5 so she figured it would only be temporary, but by the time she reached 5, she was way ahead of the regular 1st grade level most kids start out at.

It seems being a prodigy runs in their gene pool as Esther’s younger brother Isaiah, 6, will soon be sitting his A-Level exams (high school exams).

Aside from her incredible flair for mathematics and balancing college as a 10 year old, Esther says she is also writing a book to help other kids with math called ‘Yummy Yummy Algebra’.

“As long as you can add or subtract, you’ll be able to do it. I want to show other children they are special,” she says.

Esther’s parents, obviously seeing the major impact school has had on Esther and Isaiah’s life, have opened a school in their native Nigeria called Shakespeare’s Academy.

Aside from the standard English, math, science etc, they are also adding a few extra curricular subjects such as morality and ethics, public speaking, entrepreneurship, and etiquette. They want to use the same teaching methods that worked for their own children and understand every child learns differently. Some adapt to creative methods, others to more linear teaching, and Esther’s mom Efe says they want to cater to all spectrums.

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Efe and her husband Paul say education is not necessarily something Nigeria is known for, but they want to change that.

“On one hand, billions of dollars worth of crude oil is pumped out from that region on a monthly basis and yet the poverty rate of the indigenous community is astronomical,” she said.

Paul added: “(The region has) poor quality of nursery and primary education. So by the time the children get secondary education they haven’t got a clue. They haven’t developed their core skills.”

Nigeria is by far the most populous country in Africa (173.6 million people), with more than double the population of the second biggest country, Ethiopia. 63% of the country’s population is under the age of 24, and the country’s literacy rate is 64%, which directly impacts the number of children that get enrolled in schools and colleges, and determines how the workforce will be dominated.

Nigeria has the highest number of children out of school, given it’s huge population. In some areas, up to 34% of girls are out of school.

Being a country that is still recovering from harrowing terrorist attacks from Boko Haram in certain regions who actively try and stop girls from going to school, it is more crucial than ever aid programs and organizations place focus on educating young girls.

Esther Okade is one of the lucky girls who is able to benefit from a Western education. But what her more privileged journey can teach us, just as much as Malala Yousafzai’s troublesome one can, is that education in the hands of any young girl can have a major impact on the world around them.

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