Even as divided as the human race may be, its people still look for inspiration from people – no matter how far apart. Perhaps that is what world history has also taught us. Joshua Be-ckford’s name is already in the list of world’s remarkable people, showing promise of much more to come.
Who remembers the truly wonderful Joshua Beckford – Winner of The Positive Role Model Award for Age at The #NDA17!!
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Joshua has been living with high-funct!oning aut!sm, the child prodigy from Tottenham was, at the age of six, the youngest person ever to attend the Oxford University – the stu** for legends. Now at 13, he dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon, according to NDA.co.uk.
He was recently listed in the top 30 most remarkable people in the world with Aut!sm who have impacted society.While it is true that such gifted minds need the right exposure at the right time, and Joshua’s father, Knox Daniel tri*d to ensure that he was there for Joshua and his needs. When Joshua was just 10 months old, Daniel discovered that his son could already memorize letters on a keyboard.
Meet Joshua Beckford. At six years old, he became the youngest person to study at Oxford University. He studied philosophy & history. At 12, he wants to be a neurosurgeon & change the world. https://t.co/TEJZgaiyaH
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With the keyboard being the child’s interest, Daniel said: “I started telling Joshua what the letters on the keyboard were and I realized that he was remembering and could understand.”“So, if I told him to point to a letter, he could do it… Then we moved on to colors,” Daniel added.
At the age of three, Beckford could read fluently using phonics. He learned to speak Japanese and even taught himself to touch-type on a computer before he could learn to write.“Since the age of four, I was on my dad’s laptop and it had a body simulator where I would pull out org-ans,” said Beckford.
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He has been molded so well that he could already deliver PowerPoint presentations tackling human anatomy to audiences of 200 to 3,000 people at co-mmun-ity fundraising events.
In 2011, his father was aware of a programme at Oxford University that was specific to children between the age of eight and thirteen. To challenge his son, he wrote to Oxford with the hopes of getting admission for his child even though he was younger than the age prescribed for the programme.
Joshua Beckford Winner of the 2017 NDA Positive Role Model Award for Age has recently been named as one of the the top 30 most remarkable people in the world with Autism who have impacted society! Congratulations Joshua! #NDAFamily #AutismAwareness pic.twitter.com/gNIUr1Kltu
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Fortunately, Beckf-ord was given the chance to e-nroll, becoming the youngest student ever accepted. He took a course in philosophy and history and passed both with distinction. Beckford was too advanced for a standard curr!culum; hence he was home-schooled, according to Spectacular Magazine.
Having a keen interest in the affa**s of Egypt throughout his studies, the young genius is working on a children’s book about the h!stor!c and ancient nation. Aside from his academic pro-wess, Beckford serves as the face of the National Autistic Society’s Bla-ck and M!nor!ty campaign.
Meet Joshua Beckford, the 12-year-old genius who hopes to change the world https://t.co/cYpO8Jw9n5 via @Ritagee Blog
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Being one with high-functioning aut!sm, the young child helps to highlight the challenges min-ority groups face in their attempt to acquire autism support and services.Earlier this year, Joshua was appointed Low Income Families Education (L.I.F.E) Support Ambassador for Boys Mentoring Advocacy Network in Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, and the United Kingdom.
In 2017, Beckford won The Positive Role Model Award for Age at The National Diversity Awards, an event which celebrates the excellent achievements of grass-root communities that tackle the *ssu** in today’s society.
Joshua Beckford. Youngest child in World History to attend the University of Oxford at age 6! #BlackHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/kE6aUJO6dL
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The young boy also raises funds for three aut!sm charities (two in Africa and one in the U.K.) and is celebrated for his campaigns to save the environment. He recently wrote the poem Saving Mother Earth at the TEDx International Conference in Vienna.
“I want to save the earth. I want to change the world and change peoples’ ideas to doing the right things about earth,” Joshua told HowAfrica.