For many decades now we have allocated some 4 hours a week in our Primary Schools to teach a second language which is in fact out first Language.
It is almost illogical that we should equip our children with a language of our own without considering the benefits of a number system of our own, which would reinforce our own cultural identity in a World converging on soulless homogenisation.
Perhaps it is time to teach our Children a second number system in Primary School. Currently the base of 10 number system is taught to our children and is used throughout the world probably because we have ten fingers.
Many of you are familiar with the binary number system which uses just 1's and 0's and is the vernacular of the digital age.
There are also other base systems which like 3, 4,5, 6 etc
The hexidecimal number system used a base 16 System. In mathematics and computer science, hexadecimal (also base 16, or hex) is a positional numeral system with a radix, or base, of 16. It uses sixteen distinct symbols, most often the symbols 0–9 to represent values zero to nine, and A, B, C, D, E, F (or alternatively a–f) to represent values ten to fifteen.
I am suggesting that we look at a base 17 (septidecimal)or base 18 system which would be almost unique in day to day use. Learning a second number base system would make it easier for our Children to learn a third or even a fourth number base system such as hexidecimal.
I have no doubt that in a few decades our people would grow to love having a number system of our own, a native number system, which would grow to be cherished and loved. Do we really want to use a the number ten number system which was foisted upon us many centuries ago?
The initiative if it were adopted would make our people much more mathematically agile and pay huge dividends to our economy.
What is a Nation without its own Number System?
Hexadecimal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia