Education, Motivation and Opportunity, creating a better world for all

Achieng Nas
Posted April 13, 2019 from Uganda
Education, motivation and opportunity

After two years of silence, from nowhere I found myself logging in my WP account, wanting to say something... have lots to talk about - the pressing issues in the lens of a grassroots activist.

First of all, I have rooted myself into grassroots/rural development; empowering children, women and girls at the grassroots, involving (and not forgetting) boys and men. My core values align with education, motivation and opportunity.

Where would this world be, without education? I am simply meaning knowledge acquisition, information sharing and exchange, inventions, innovations and rewards? Imagine for a second, living at the grassroots where all you hear (as a young girl) are your mates are getting married, having babies...yet you live in a dark world, without electricity or running, having two meals a day is almost impossible, and, education holds no meaning because by age 13 you will have no one to pay for your education, on top of this, no one around you gives you hope for your dreams.

Motivation is very important, ask yourself how often you motivate someone... we need to make it a routine, maybe those encouraging words are all someone around you needs to keep positive, to keep going.. self-reflection...you can also motivate yourself by reflecting on your strengths don't wait to someone to tell you how strong, kind, smart, beautiful or dedicated you are, you have to routinely have self-reflection... Do you have people who complain and grumble around you? Reminding them of their strengths and helping them have self-reflection could be a fair medicine.

Let's talk about opportunity...what opportunity do you have that others around you do not have? Leaving financial opportunity aside, knowledge sharing is as good as money! There are many ignorant people all around us, how do we help them become knowledgeable? Of course I cannot blame you for not knowing that a grassroots families hardly have breakfast, or die of starvation.. I cannot blame you when all you know about child marriage is that the parents force the girls to get married... I cannot blame you if you do not know that education is not free and that the grassroots children and young people pray daily to get supported... I cannot blame you if you do not know that there are women and men in this world struggling daily to make a better world for others but/and they themselves are struggling to meet their own needs....what opportunity do you give to the people around you?

How shall we make the world a better place for all? Is it even possible to make this world a better place? You and I are in charge of the world around us. We shouldn't wait for presidents, leaders, parents, relatives, or even children to do something; we can in our own capacities and locations.

Let's educate, motivate and give opportunities daily in order to create a better world for all.

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jlanghus
Apr 16
Apr 16

Hello Beatrice,

Welcome back:-) You are a powerful and strong message to share. I hear you, and I agree that we all can make an effort to uplift and empower others around us, every day, and that we collectively can make the world a better place. I believe it's totally possible to make this world a better place. Even if we only have the energy or motivation to improve ourselves there is a collective knock-on effect. Yes, we can educate, motivate and give other opportunities. You are right.

I'm looking forward to hearing more about your mission, and work. Do you run an NGO?

Thanks for sharing your post. Hope you're having a great day!

Achieng Nas
Apr 15
Apr 15

Thank you for your kind words Jlanghus!
I see myself as a global voice for grassroots women and girls. I passionately want to stand with grassroots people in every aspect of life but, my core right now is education, agriculture and economic empowerment.
I run a charity organization called the Pearl Community Empowerment Foundation (PCE Foundation) - www.pce-foundation.org
I am gradually gaining my ground into blogging again ( read other people’s blogs and to write).
Happy to connect with people like yourself!

Blessings to you!

jlanghus
Apr 16
Apr 16

You're very welcome, dear.

Thanks for clarifying your priorities, and for sharing your website and NGO. I'm following your organization now.

I'm happy to connect with you too, dear.

Oh, by the way, you will want to use the back arrow when responding to comments, so that the post commentators will receive an automated, email notification alerting them that you responded, otherwise they won't know.

Hope you're having a great day.

Achieng Nas
Apr 17
Apr 17

Thanks for the advice..actually used my phone, tried pressing that arrow but could not work. Does work using a computer, for me :)
Thank you for connecting and following with me :)
Blessings to you!

Urmila Chanam
Apr 16
Apr 16

Dear precious Beatrice,
What an honor it was to meet you in person 5 years ago in Uganda. Even then I could sense and feel the goals and dreams you had on education in your country. Most often when it comes to education and governance, education plans are limited to building schools, investment in hiring and training teachers, libraries and computers and we leave out the component on motivation and nurturing students so they never give up on their education and avail opportunities. Thank you for teaching us what is important around education, its so relevant in the Indian context as well.
Love always,
Urmila Chanam,
India
urmila.chanam@gmail.com

Achieng Nas
Apr 17
Apr 17

Hi Urmila!
It was wondeful meeting you here!
I am actually not in the business of buildings, computers, books...rather I aim at creating avenues for CHANGE to happen :) For example building a school will allow hundreds of children to attend school, while at school they are trapped into different empowering and game changing activities :)
My goal - by December 2020 is to have educational institutions that will reach out to at least 1000 students... the thing is, we will have a secondary school (come rain, come sunshine) in addition to the existing nursery and primary school.
In this way, we give opportunities, we motivate and educate the students and this is just one aspect of what we try to :)