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