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Sherrlene Uy

Teacher - English and Research, Glendale School, Inc. (QC, Phil)

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What are the challenges that gifted and creative individuals face at present?

Hi everyone! I am working on a research about the gifted and creative individuals. I'd like to know what are the challenges that the gifted and creative people experience in your country. Share your thoughts please :) Thanks!


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    Feb 27 2013: I met Richard Turere when he was a herds boy a year go, today he wowed the TED audience about his invention. Unlike many gifted African children Richard is growing up in a tough physical and cultural environment actually does not traditionally encourages children to constantly innovate. In fact children in his community are generally not even permitted to converse with adults and are expected to simply do what they are told. Having spent a lot of time with his family I can honestly say that what was different for Richard was that his parents let him play - he broke things and got into trouble, but they never discouraged him from experimenting. Nor did they put huge expectations on him. I totally connected with what Sugata said - all kids need is encouragement and they will get on with learning. I've seen how encouragement has transformed a boy who experimented secretly in his bedroom to one who is now talking with surprising confidence on the big stage. He has no idea how inspiring his story is for so many under privileged kids who only see limitations. What Richard experiences is limitless freedom to experiment and he does not "know" the meaning of the word failure in the same way that we do.

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