To quote a good and respected friend who also works in the Development World:
“There is a severe shortage of knowledge building activities in this country”
If you are reading this, you have a skill. If only the skill to read, let alone think.
Perhaps you are a lawyer. Or you passed Matric and successfully applied to a university and for a Student Loan.
Perhaps you can build or electrify.
How about your Maths knowledge?
While my English skills are good, my grammar is crap and me & the teachers never agreed in how I answered questions. But what of my ability to write a good simple essay. Or to mark a school kid’s extra efforts.
If you help one other person develop the same skill, you would have done something good.
Or you pass on knowledge of what democracy means.
How not to get infected with HIV or another STI.
How to drive.
Why your legal rights are not being met.
How to socialise in a business setting and talk with confidence.
How to write a good noteworthy CV (now there is a skill I still am in desperate need of!)
What do you know, that the kid who passed you on a street/ in the shops/ at home/ in your office would greatly benefit from knowing.
Even if you typed it out, and handed it to him/ her.
Last night we had inspiring dinner of minds. All committed citizens of this country, doing our best to ensure justice prevails, the economy will grow, and education will be the solid foundation. From the white lawyer, to the black businessman, to the international graphic artist, and chickie me. We could have changed the world at last night’s dinner.
I am again inspired to get these initiatives of mine up and going.
Watch this space.
And in the meantime, grow your own, and help me out!