What has the world achieved in education? Below we’ve illustrated five more notable achievements in the education field for our second installment of Education Olympics. If you missed the first one, you can check it out here. Which achievements are most interesting? Most inspirational? Let us know in the comments below!
The Oldest Person To Begin Primary School
The world’s oldest person to begin primary school was aged 84. Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge (Kenya) enrolled into Standard One at Kapkenduiyo Primary School, Eldoret, Kenya, on 12 January 2004. On 6 April 2004 it was reported that Ng’ang’a was among the top five students in the class. He wanted to go to school for two reasons: to learn to count money; and for literacy so he could read the Bible. Source.
Most Languages Taught In An Educational Institution
As of 2010, MGIMO University (Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University)) teaches 53 full time languages during every academic term, the most for any academic institution. All students at the university are required to learn a minimum of one foreign language. All languages are taught to advanced levels and are all taught through residential learning. Source.
The Longest Lecture
The longest lecture marathon lasted 121 hours and was achieved by Errol Muzawazi (Poland) who lectured on democracy at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, from 9 to 14 December 2009. The topic of the lecture was democracy and cultural dialogue. In order to qualify for this record, the lecture had to be on a single topic or theme throughout the attempt. Source.
Largest History Lesson
The largest history lesson was attended by 14,257 third grade school children from Orange County, California (USA) at Angel Stadium, in California, USA on Nov. 8 2011. The program taught students about the deep history of Orange County. Source.
Most Durable Professor
Dr. Joel Hildebrand (1881-1983), Professor Emeritus of Physical Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, first became an assistant professor in 1913 and published his 275th research paper 68 years later in 1981. Source.