MTN Have Become Bandits #MTN419

MTN Bandit Symbol

“Dear Customer, you have successfully subscribed to Family and Lifestyle and 50.00 deducted from your account. Your service will be renewed on 2016-06-28. To cancel, text STOP FAL to 33388. Enjoy!”

It takes one event to make someone angry enough to fight back and this was it. Today I got the above message from MTN and I felt a sense of real outrage. It was the cheeky Enjoy at the end of the message that made me snap so I decided to fight back.

It is pathetic that I never even signed up for that service. If I did, I assure you that I was tricked into doing so. MTN sends out this messages that eclipse the whole of your phone and once you try to exit it you could be signed up for the service.

Since the NCC decided to slam MTN with a fine, MTN has decided that the best way to raise the money is to live off the land.

As a company they have always repatriated their profits back to South Africa so they have decided to keep the money in South Africa and raise the amount for the fine from Nigerians.

I was never in those rooms when MTN “settled” people to enter Nigeria. I am a simple teacher who would love to live in peace but like MKO Abiola said, I don’t want the peace of the graveyard.

Today its N50 and we say nothing. I could revoke the message because I knew how to use my phone. The way the law of averages goes, MTN knows that some Nigerians will be unable to cancel the service.

It is this set of Nigerians that will be robbed. MTN has a company has roots in South Africa. The blacks in South Africa were robbed for MTN. Now they have come to Nigeria to do the same. The other networks are no better so I don’t endorse any of them.

It isn’t a fight I think I can win but for too long in my life, I have held my peace and watched while the world went to shit and this is how it always starts.

Let the little sin go and the sinner gets bolder.

I say enough is enough.

Brainiacs Weekend STEM Sessions – Week 1

Brainiacs STEM Weekend Sessions

Today at work, we started an 8 weeks STEM class for kids ages 5 to 16. Classes started at 11 am and ended at 3 pm. At the end of the day I am tired but I had fun.

Why STEM? it is amazing that I spent years in school wondering the point of all the books I was reading. With STEM, there is no point in wondering as the concepts come to life by themselves.

The kids in the picture above created their own robot using the LEGO Educator Kit once the assembly was done, the kids got to program their robot and learn mathematics in the process. We used the LEGO Educator Kit to calculate the distance travelled by the robot when we know speed and the time it move for.

The formula for this is Speed = Distance / Time

You would agree with me that using this method, the kids would remember what we did. The Learning Tetrahedron is shown below:

The Learning Tetrahedron

In a STEM session, the mental and physical components are visible exercised. The kids above assembled the robot following a sequence of steps. The spiritual and emotional components are exercised by us insisting on cooperation and correcting the mistakes the made.

With schools still teaching how to connect a circuit in Introductory Technology, the case for STEM is strong in Nigeria. The truth is our current educational system is failing the country and if kids are to be motivated in technology, a new approach is needed.

So I mentioned 5 – 16. So what did the younger ones do? You can see that below:

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The kids learned how to assemble and program the LEGO WeDo which is a robot for kids 5 – 10 years of age. I was surprised that the 5 year old kid in the group was interested and engaged in what we are doing.

Brainiacs STEM and Robotics will continue the weekend sessions for the next 7 weeks. Summer is coming soon so we have to prepare. From this tired educator, have a great week.