Its been a while since I last wrote something down. That however does not mean the writer in me is dead. This post has been inspired by a children’s party I went to over the weekend. I stay in a small suburb called Busega. I was forced to go to a neighbour’s son’s graduation party. It’s funny how nowadays children get such opportunities as early as nursery school. Well, this was a boy who had just completed his nursery school level and is hoping to join primary school level next year.
I was invited to take a few pictures of the ceremony by his mother, thanks to my Android phone. While there however, I was surprised to see that the school has both nursery and primary levels and just a staff of not more than ten people. Well, their primary level is up to P3 but still…. NO!
However today’s post is not about the number of pupils or teachers at this small school. It is about how far some people go to ensure that they get good education. In this school, I noticed that most of the parents around were aged 24-30. they were really happy for their children and seemed really mindful of their children’s education. Seeing such young parents trying their best to secure a bright future was a good scene to watch. As I was still contemplating on this, I saw the school director walk up front to give her congratulatory speech to the pupils. What she said really blew my mind away. She was a woman who had dropped out of school when in her senior two. Being a woman, her destiny to many seemed to be in a man’s house with 8-10 children but that was not her vision. She kept on doing odd jobs here and there from time to time. She really wanted to go back to school and complete her studies for she knew that a girl without education is worthless. Yes! Worthless. She was a really hardworking lady. It was not until she was thirty when she got a chance to go back to school. At thirty years, most people would feel that they are old to pursue their dreams. Not for this lady. She went back to senior two, completed her UCE certificate and went on to do her UACE certificate. At about 38 years of age, she made it to university and did her degree. Now at 48 years, all that is just a story of her life. I was greatly inspired by her narrative and wished everybody, man or woman, has a heart of steel like this lady. Now she was director of a chain of schools, this school being the newest of the chain. It is just beginning but according to her leadership skills, I guarantee that it will be a big school in 10 years.
something else I saw that made me smile was an old lady. She was not just an old lady. She was also grandmother of one of the celebrants of the day, a small girl. This old lady would bring her granddaughter every single morning and fetch her every single evening. Old as she was, and probably illiterate, she knew that education was the best foundation for this small girl.
I could go on and on about what made me happy that day but I have limited time to say everything I want to say and it seems I should stop here. However, I tell you the same thing the Director said to all of us who were there that day, “It is not the rich that educate their children, but the people who sacrifice.”