This picture about stopped my heart when Lauren Balog of ONE posted it on Twitter.
Given how much thought, reading, research, and handwringing I've done over my own kids' education so far, seeing these children hit me hard. Their beautiful smiles, their school made of corrugated metal (imagine the heat), their desks made of rough boards. Their teachers — few of whom have training — who are passionately commited to giving these kids an education. The stark realization that basic education is out of reach for many of the world's children. And that many people are doing something about it.
From Karen Walrond (Chookooloonks):
Today, we visited the Mwangaza Tumaini School, located in the informal settlement community (or slum) of Mukuru [in Nairobi]. This amazing school was founded by the church and community members of Mukuru: in 2003, several parents were concerned about the education their children were receiving in the nearby government schools, and approached the staff at their local Tumaini Church to ask if there was anything that could be done to help their kids to learn. And so, the school was formed. Most of the teachers come from the community and nearby, and all of them have no formal training; and yet, through their dedication and passion for teaching the kids and getting them off the street (as well as receiving assistance from USAID's Education for Marginalized Children of Kenya program), the kids are performing to a considerably higher standard than the government schools… [Read more >>]
You really must read more.
What you can do
Watch the ONE video “Chieftainess” about a remarkable woman who is teaching her community about the importance of education. Not only will it open your eyes to the importance of education, it will give you a larger perspective on your own motherhood and on "being busy."
Please share the video with your friends and leave a comment here or on Vimeo.
And: The ONEMoms landing page at ONE.org