People's Power Rules... People's Power Rocks...
My Saturday is a paradox of sorts - I am a victim of crime just before going to two community peace-building events
Waking up to news of a burglary...
When I heard our car had been burgled during the early hours of this morning, I lost my temper. Yes, I ranted, the burglary was an act waiting to happen because we are too careless. We should learn to remove the car radio and valuables from the car and park the vehicle in the garage where it belongs. I suppose I could be forgiven for the outburst under the circumstances.
Getting my egg down...Once all the pent-up emotions subsided, sanity kicked in. We should not be too surprised when we become victims of theft, especially when we are surrounded by poverty-stricken communities where 40% of employable youth can’t find work and where family heads struggle to put bread on the table. This is the reality. But this is just the start of my day...
At Lavender Hill High School
|Lavender Hill from the parking area of the Lavender Hill High school|
|Clifford, Deputy principal talking to parents and learners|
|My group of parents and learners. Taswell, RCL chairperson sitting to my left.|
Joining Cafda School of Skills school governing body workshop
Next I drive off to Cafda School of Skills about two kilometers from Lavender Hill to attend a training workshop for School Governing Bodies. Without any fanfare I am embraced by the 50-strong group of parents, educators, principals, learners and school support staff members. They are busy discussing critical issues of school governance and how to build their eight schools. These members mirror the same liveliness and comraderie I had just been part of at the other school. This is nation-building without the rhetoric.
|Levana Principal, Ivor, Deputy Principal, Fadia and Gavin, HOD enjoying the workshop|
|School governors deep in conversation.|
Many of the participants themselves struggle with unemployment and their loss of pride and human dignity that can so easily engulf them. Many of them are also struggling to give their children the best education and to help their proteges become the best they can be amidst the threats of the underworld of drugs and crime.
Yet, these very people sacrifice their time, energy and they willingly share their wisdom to help construct healthy, thriving communities.
These community members are my heroes. These people – young and old – are the bridge builders of a better society. People’s power rocks!
|View from Lavender High School on a Saturday morning.|
|Juan and Naseef enjoy early morning coffee before the workshop starts|
|Jacqui, an educator having a conversation with parents and learners.|