ISSUES: Youth, technology and culture: a historic moment in the fight against poverty!

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Since February 24, 2022, when Russia’s Putin announced his country’s “special military operations” in Ukraine, the world has been feasting through television, radio, newspapers, magazines and social media on the marvels of technology. cutting edge in the military, financial, economic and social.

We now know that Putin was telling the truth a few years ago when he said that Russia had developed a supersonic weapon that travels at several times the speed of light, is remote controlled, evades all current surveillance systems and can carry nuclear warheads.

We have witnessed the devastating power and precision of remote-controlled, guided weapons destroying their targets, with the ease of melting ice cream in the Kalahari Desert. We have learned how the American and Western European media are married to liberal capitalism and reproduce the war aims of its capitalist and political masters.

We have learned how easy it is to target individuals and businesses and remove them from the global banking system through the use of technologies embedded in the global financial and banking systems.

We now know that freedom and democracy is American and Western European, while the rest of the world is either authoritarian or in transition to state-imposed “freedom, democracy, science, art and culture” United States and Western Europe.

We have seen how Europe can scramble and respond positively to the plight of millions of refugees created in less than 4 weeks, only if the refugees are European.

It is now very clear that the United States and Western Europe are quite happy to flood any country with their military weapons for such a country to wage its wars with its real threat, while enriching the American and Western European arms manufacturers.

All the countries of the world are checking whether their old stocks of weapons and military equipment are sufficient for the moment or whether they need to be replenished. Even neutral Switzerland got involved. The German seized the opportunity to rebuild his already large army. Like all Western European countries.

Meanwhile, Russia and China have still been building their armies, still concerned about the expansionist and threatening posturing of the United States and its Western NATO allies.

In their pursuit of global economic and political dominance, we have seen how the United States, NATO and Western Europe have brought the world within an inch of nuclear war. Terrified of ending up like Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria or Libya, Russia has resorted to the only means the United States and Western Europe understand, fear and respect: war.

Oil, gas and grain are rapidly becoming an economic and social problem for many countries, as the global impact of war, particularly the militarization of the world’s economy and financial systems by the United States and their western NATO allies, is beginning to make itself felt. Many other value chains in technology, manufacturing, agriculture, transportation and even military industries are disrupted.

In this conundrum and more, young Zambians, largely unemployed and poorly educated and skilled, can only use cheap cell phones for social media when they can afford data and electricity to recharge. their phones, and when they can access the Internet. Our young people are passive observers of a global military drama that carries the threat of nuclear war that could turn them into nuclear ashes. For knowledge-minded young Zambians, it is impossible to sift through the information war and uncover the truth about the war.

Sadly, Zambia voted blindly in the UN with its former slaveholders, colonizers and now neo-colonizers, perhaps in hopes of quickly securing IMF loans to iron out its massive debt problems.

Young people love new things, they love gadgets that test their intellect and skills. They like to find out what makes things what they are, how and what they are made of. Young people are curious, inquisitive and very creative. They are not satisfied with things as they are; they are always on the lookout for what is changing in everything. That’s what it really means to be young – to be always probing, learning, growing, developing and changing.

The deep pit of mass poverty into which we have thrown the majority of our young people means that this world historical period will pass them by, without them influencing it in any way.

Philosophy, sociology, geography, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, technology, and all the knowledge and skills, properly made available to young people, are what have produced the wonders, both destructive and productive, which we see every day.

In our part of the world, poverty and hunger mean that our young people are not part of the great global movement of new inventions, new innovations, discoveries and the expansion of knowledge into new frontiers, and more importantly; they are consumers of inferior technologies, once these become old and overtaken by new ones, in the United States, Western Europe, Japan, Russia, China and Asia.

I took part in what was called and is still called the “JETS” – Young Engineers, Technicians and Scientists – intended to promote the careers of young people in the fields of engineering, technology and science. I remember working hard trying to make a cheaper, safer, and better version of matches. I almost burned down the dormitory I slept in at Luwingu secondary boarding school. I made the unforgivable mistake of bringing a sample of my raw matches to my dorm and, to make sure those who smoked weren’t using them to light cigarettes, I hid them under my pillows. I don’t know what instincts, soon after leaving matches, forced me to come back to check on the status of my matches. When I returned to the dorm, luckily it was during school hours and no one was there, I saw smoke billowing from my pillow and immediately knew that my matches were the culprits. I quickly put out the fire, luckily it was just starting and very small, and quickly took my experimental matches to the chemistry lab where it was safe to store them!

I actually went to Mpika Secondary School where the provincial JETSfare was held that year, with an expatriate rebel teacher who personally paid for the trip out of his own pocket, called Roel Wieringa from the Netherlands. The good man is now a professor of information systems. Needless to say we had a great time and I think we were recognized for our participation and the difficult journey we had made to get to the tariff!

Our young people are no different from young Chinese, Americans, Europeans, Asians, Latin Americans or Australians – they are fully human, talented, intelligent, eager for life and eager to be part of the world that is inventing itself like all other young people of the world.

Their greatest challenge is their material and cultural poverty and backwardness which ensures that they have an infancy, childhood, adolescence, adult life and educational experience steeped in poverty and are therefore denied the opportunity to do part of the worldwide movement of young people creating new sciences, new technologies and new inventions that change the world in which we live every day.

We must change this state of affairs. A good place to start is to demand that our education system be completely overhauled to meet the demands of the times, every child must be educated, at government expense, every child must be properly fed to ensure their development is guaranteed, and our government and parents must make these top priorities.

None of these demands can be met without a struggle with the lying, thieving, corrupt politicians and other leaders we have tolerated for the past 58 years. Young people themselves must lead this fight; it is their life!

(Comments welcome to: kalindawalo2010@gmail.com)

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