Being only a high school student, I don’t have the ability to say that I have experienced real life matters or have seen the ‘real’ world yet. As from the minute you were born, everyone around you do their best to create the most perfect and untouched image of what the world is so that growing up is an easy transition but unfortunately not all on this planet can say that their upbringing was ideal. These are the consequences of what us, human beings, have created and done. War, poverty, hunger, they all come from the fact that people didn’t know better than to do what they were told.Why is this? It’s simple…A lack of proper education. A couple of years ago I read a quote by the famous German Historian named Hegel, he said “We learn from History that we do not learn from History” and ever since I saw this I did everything in my power to do the contrary and to actually take in and understand the impacts of what has happened in the past and what can be done in the future to stop the past from repeating itself but this is easier said than done when most people around the world don’t have an education beyond primary or high school (Of which they barely even took notice). The key to a bright and successful future is education and that’s exactly what ElI Africa offers to a number of children today. It is said that this upcoming generation have a big task on their hands due to the impacts of climate change and of the huge economic downfalls that have been taking place during the last years. We are this upcoming generation that everyone seems to be talking about and what better way to make a change than to educate those who need extra help in certain departments so that not only can they strive as individuals but they it will give them to power to move Mauritius, as a nation, forward.
I teach at the Roche Bois Centre where nine very special children are under my care every friday. To see the smiles on their faces when I walk in is something that can’t really be put into words. I have grown to develop a relationship with every single one of them and hearing about their lives is something that I cherish. Last week I was chatting with the kids before we started on the “Present Continuous Tense” and I asked everyone for their end of year English exams grades and one the kids I teach yelled out “A+”. My parents always tried to explain to me what it’s like to be fulfilled and to feel accomplishment but nothing, nothing that I have ever done in my life could compare to what I felt that very moment.
Many of us will find ourselves alone at one point in our lives and that’s where we will be tested but what Eli Africa offers is a weapon and as Edward Everett said:
“Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.”