I recently had the wonderful opportunity to teach several virtual classes with 15 female students Nairobi, Kenya. The instructor Victor Owuor, a talented and knowledgeable educator, collaborated with me to speak to his students about social media and technology. The classes were conducted via Skype.

Reaching out using digital tools, integrating social media, sharing information and knowledge are all 21st century skill-sets that employers in most business models are looking for in a growing knowledge based society that needs employees that can read, comprehend and apply learning to solve problems.

Thought leadership is a needed skill along with digital innovation and applying skills in smart creative environments. Good educators also learn from their students.

William Jackson is an educator, blogger and community activist based in Jacksonville, Fl. (LinkedIn Photo)

Here is what I learned as I taught these knowledgeable and talented African young ladies
that will serve to build their homes, communities and their nation.

  1. Students have a passion for learning that allows them to see the potential they possess.
  2. Students understand that a better life for them and their families is through education.
  3. Students embrace learning as an adventure and a continuous journey.
  4. Students gladly blend their learning with their goals for business and personal development.
  5. Students apply learning in relation to the building of future leaders not just being workers.
  6. African women are role models for future generations and pass their knowledge, passion and wisdom down to their and other children.
  7. African men are becoming more accepting of women as leaders in technology, commerce, business and education.
  8. African students accept each other and encourage, support and build each other for success.
  9. Students understand the value of the Internet for learning and growth. They use it as a research tool to grow not just for foolishness.
  10. African students are accepting of diversity and growth and use this unity to empower nationalism.
  11. Education is a generational investment. There is more to learn and more to share. The world is changing and how students are being taught and engaged must change as well. African students have a global picture of the world and understand their place as future innovators, creators, inventors, developers, entrepreneurs and investors. African students will be competing with American, Asian and other students for global careers that engage STEM, STEAM, and
    STREAM, and working hard today preparing for careers of tomorrow.

{illiam Jackson is an educator, blogger and community activist based in Jacksonville, Fl.