I have always being an imaginative child. I was rather quiet so I would sit at a corner imagining a different world, more precisely a better world. And the habit got stuck with me to this day, because I imagine things before I start doing them. For my community and globally for the world, I imagine a peaceful world, where every individual is given his/her rights, such as education, safety, shelter, food, and where people respect each other and co-exist harmoniously, and ultimately where there is love for oneself, for each other and for all mankind and the universe altogether. I envision a world without war, without fear, without hate, and without diseases. I am somewhat criticized for being overly optimistic, although I think it’s crucial to have hope and look to the future with a sense of optimism, but surely I cannot deny the fact that action is needed in order to make this dream and vision a reality. I know it can get overwhelming to change and transform my community because everything needs improvement. However, I also know that a lot of countries actually went through the same process, starting from scratch to reach the heights of development. Luckily, I think broadly about issues and focus on eliminating the root causes instead of fixating on the shallow/obvious reasons, which is why I focus on education primarily because with education we can overcome many obstacles and eradicate poverty, diseases, and wars. The situation in my country has been deteriorating for many years; however, lately the security has been gaining some ground and major clashes have seized to exist which gives room to focus on other areas such as peace, education and individual well-being. My goal has been and always will be to educate Somalia and not just the linear geometry, history and geography education, but I plan to focus on aspects of education such as peace education, social sciences, and human rights education which is practically overlooked in Somalia. I also have a plan to improve the postgraduate education in my country, but my immediate focus is the school system from first grade to secondary school. Honestly speaking, I have always envisioned a peaceful and developed Somalia, and I have always believed that I am the face of that change, but when I spoke to people about it somehow the expressions on their faces made me afraid of my own goal. They silently convinced me that I was speaking gibberish and nobody actually thought my plan is possible or more precisely doable. But then I read about great people who have achieved the impossible like Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and others and I know that I should persevere. But the effect of World Pulse community to my spirit is just indescribable. I know have a support system of so many women, who believe in the possibility of change, women who believe in positive transformation and who are ready and active to transform the world together as one. It’s completely empowering and extraordinary to have access to such a huge database of stories that empower, inspire, and surely being able to contribute to the emergence of these stories is incredible. I am now a voice for myself and for my community, and I tell my story as well as their stories to the wider world. I have always thought that the global community kind of forgot about Somalia, and so many disasters that were avoidable invaded our land such as famine, diseases, and never-ending wars. The international community got distracted by mediating between warlords, and invested so much money in trying to bring them together to form a government but the Somali people and their rights, needs and wants were overlooked. I want to be voices of our future correspondent because I can tell the global community what is really happening in my community through world pulse and Web 2.0. I believe I have the essence of citizen journalist and I actually want to be the voice for not only women, but for the vulnerable, marginalized, and ill-treated individuals in my community.
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