No kid who gets admitted into the university at age 6 would casually be categorised as a regular kid, and Joshua Beckford certainly isn’t one considering his academic feats at the tender age.
Beckford’s father was thrilled at noticing his child’s brilliance from how easily he could understand the operations of the computer which his father always works with, having Beckford on his lap.
“I started telling him what the letters on the keyboard were and I realized that he was
remembering and could understand. He could read, write and understand the alphabet and point to different colours on a chart when he was just ten months old.” His father says.
“Since the age of four, I was on my dad’s laptop and it had a body simulator where I would pull out organs,” said Beckford.
Beckford who lives with a high-functioning autism mastered reading fluently using phonics and was speaking Japanese by the age of three. He is on record as the youngest person ever to attend the prestigious Oxford University to study Philosophy and History receiving a certificate of excellence after getting distinctions in all his courses which were part of an online learning platform for gifted children.
Now 13 years, the young scholar who has dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon was recently listed in the top 30 most remarkable people in the world with Autism who have impacted society.
With a keen interest in the affairs of Egypt throughout his studies, the young genius is working on a children’s book about the historic and ancient nation.
Aside from his academic prowess, Beckford serves as the face of the National Autistic Society’s Black and Minority campaign. Being one with high-functioning autism, the young child helps to highlight the challenges minority groups face in their attempt to acquire autism support and services.
The child prodigy is Ambassador of Low Income Families Education (L.I.F.E) Support. BMAN Low Income Families Education (LIFE) Support was established to create educational opportunities for children from low-income families so that they have a hope of positively contributing to a thriving society. Beckford was appointed Ambassador for Boys Mentoring Advocacy Network in Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya and the United Kingdom.
In August 2019, Beckford is scheduled to hold a live mentoring session with teenagers and his father, Daniel, will facilitate a mentoring session with parents at the’ Father And Son Together ‘[FAST] initiative event in Nigeria.
The young boy also raises funds for three autism 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.
Described as one of the most brilliant boys in the world, Beckford also designs and delivers power-point presentations on Human Anatomy at Community fund-raising events to audiences ranging from 200 to 3,000 people, according to National Diversity Awards.
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 issues in today’s society.
Beckford whose ambition is to become a neuro-surgeon says “I want to save the earth. I want to change the world and change peoples’ ideas to doing the right things about earth,”
The young lad certainly believes he has a bright future and firmly on track.