Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Education is the key that unlocks the golden door to freedom. George Washington Carver, American scientist

I have a great deal of empathy right now for educators and others who are responsible for making decisions regarding school this fall. They are truly between a rock and a hard place. No matter which way they turn there are sizable physical, emotional, and educational risks. The loss of classroom eduction so far this year has already been catastrophic especially for children who have no internet connection, no one supervising them, live in an abusive environment, have no quiet space to learn and little motivation when the teaching medium is virtual. This doesn’t even take into account the loss of food programs children receive at school.

According to Unesco, the education of nearly 1.6 billion pupils in 190 countries has so far been affected—that’s 90 percent of the world’s school-age children! The result of children not receiving a proper education takes away their key to future freedom. And yet—lives are at stake. I’m praying for our leaders. 

Affirmation: Education is freedom.

Coaching question: How are decisions about education affecting you and the children you care about?

Photo by Yannis H on Unsplash

The Power of Education

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and youngest Nobel Prize laureate.

A few years ago, we spent our winters in Costa Rica. During this time I tutored local school-aged children through a community program called Abriendo Mentes whose motto is “using the power of education to create brighter futures.”

Because their school is small, children in this village have limited classroom time and need additional help to learn English, create art, play games, learn about the environment, practice their writing, etc. These Tico children are eager learners, anxiously awaiting their turn to enter the classroom. It was gratifying to see what a difference education makes in the life of a child.

Affirmation: I can make a difference.

Coaching question: How can you make a difference, whether in the lives of children or in other ways?

IMG_1647Abriendo Mentes program and my two volunteer teacher friends