A pupil arrives in the courtyard of the Abbe de l’Epee elementary school on September 3, 2013 in Marseille, southern France, prior to enter her classroom on the first day of school. More than 12 million pupils went back to school today in France
Photo by A pupil arrives in the courtyard of the Abbe de l'Epee elementary school on September 3, 2013 in Marseille, southern France, prior to enter her classroom on the first day of school. More than 12 million pupils went back to school today in France
A spunky and vibrant 10-year-old from the UK has inspired many with her math skills and her journey as a college freshman.
Esther Okade from Walsall in the West Midlands is a big fan of dolls, Frozen, and the wonderful world of mathematics. Since the age of three, Okade expressed her love for numbers and quadratic equations. After her parents decided to home school her, she began to excel in everything from grade school to high school algebra, leading her to become one of the youngest students at Open University.
Okade is currently at the top of her distance learning college and doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. The promising freshman has plans to get her PhD in financial maths at 13 and own her first bank at 15. She also plans to create helpful workbooks on simple math and algebra titled, Yummy Yummy Algebra.
One of her main reasons for spreading love for the subject is simply to help many who see math as a difficult task. According to CNN:
“It’s so interesting. It has the type of maths I love. It’s real maths — theories, complex numbers, all that type of stuff,” she giggles. “It was super easy. My mum taught me in a nice way. 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.”
Her mother Efe says she decided to start homeschooling the tot since the required age to begin school starts at 5-years-old.
“One day we were coming back home and she burst out in tears and she said ‘I don’t ever want to go back to that school — they don’t even let me talk!'” Efe said. “Some children learn very well with kinesthetics where they learn with their hands — when they draw they remember things. Some children have extremely creative imaginations. Instead of trying to make children learn one way, you teach them based on their learning style.”
Okade’s skills have also inspired her mother to help give back to her native country of Nigeria by coming up with a helpful curriculum for her proposed Infant and Primary School in the country’s Delta area. The school, “Shakespeare’s Academy,” will teach morality and ethics, public speaking, entrepreneurship and etiquette, as well as the basics of reading, writing, math and science. The school plans to house 2,000 to 2,500 students.
As for Okade, the whiz kid says she plans on keeping her education going while producing her helpful workbooks.