Education: It's never late to rise above age to accomplish and reward oneself

rosemary_ntoipo
Posted May 4, 2017 from Tanzania
Education rewards and can be achieved even in adulthood.
Despite our different challenges in life and at different levels, at one point in life all Women and girls can achieve quality education.

The eloquence and seemingly, distinguishable tone in her voice gave me courage to work hard in school. She was a teacher who always encouraged those she taught. She was my teacher of English. She made sure we understood and enjoyed what she taught and thanks to her dedication for it built a strong foundation in my education and career.

Many years later I became a teacher of English too to our own children and those of others. I also kept learning more, reading inspirational books on my own to polish my language skills. I enjoyed this lot. It gave me a lot of pleasure to see my students, confidently speak with fluency. Teaching is such a noble profession and I love it.

“Mum, you need to work very hard, for life out there is very hard” this were words from our youngest child. I laughed at the mention of these words from him for these are words spoken by older people to their children (not the other way round) to prompt them to work hard in school. He was reminding me that I was then a student.

The thirst for more knowledge and skills that I always wanted drove me to go back to study. My husband gave me a lot of support to do so. He took care of our children when I was away. This saw me move from one level to another.

“Where have you been? It’s been a long time”. These were words of an old woman friend of mine. I explained to her that I had been away back in school for studies. She looked at me and laughed loud. What did you just say? I repeated what I told her. She laughed and laughed again. This was quite hilarious; it was like I was acting some sort of a comedy and with her watching it.

She could not believe that at my age I was going back to school. According to her, school was meant for young people and not people who already had families of their own. She wanted to know what else I was going to learn that I hadn’t. I took her through a brief learning session to understand that education had no age limit if you wanted it. It’s then that I understood why she had to laugh the way she did.

I had my own challenges among them finding money and time to study; time for my family, my personal work and convincing other women that it was possible to go back to school to pursue my studies for career development. I realized I had to try balancing all. Somehow it worked out for me and there I was, I kept my focus on and with my husbands’ and children support I managed.

Unlike those days, some women today yearn for more education and so many of them have decided to go out in search of education they missed or never got.

Access to quality education and retention in schools for many women in Tanzania especially among those from the rural setup / local community has been hard and is still hard to date. Many women continue to miss out on formal education at a young age due to early marriages and early unwanted pregnancies.

I want to continue encouraging other girls and women that education can be achieved at any age you want. It’s never too late to achieve it. Today am training more on how to use digital tools to improve my work and make a positive change in the lives of girls and women in my community. I want to see more girls training and to be empowered on Digital Technology to help raise their voices and of other women and girls in their community , I say it’s never too late to reward yourself by pursuing your education. I did it, you too can. Do not pay attention to any discouragements ‘Believe in yourself even when they don’t believe you and rise above age or any high huddles on the way to reward yourself a good quality education"

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Jill Langhus
May 05, 2017
May 05, 2017

Hi Rosemary. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story of how you persevered to achieve your higher education, despite the odds. I hope that more women continue to go back to school to achieve their dreams, too, no matter what age; and also that more girls are able to stay in school and complete whatever educational goals they aspire to for a healthier and happier society.

rosemary_ntoipo
May 18, 2017
May 18, 2017

Hi Jill, thank you so much. Like you mentioned I also hope that some day, more women continue to go back to school to achieve their dreams no matter the age for a healthier happy society

Jill Langhus
May 18, 2017
May 18, 2017

You're welcome:) Have a great day.

TechMktr71
May 17, 2017
May 17, 2017

Rosemary -

Giving yourself the opportunity for self improvement and enhancing your skill set is always a worthwhile endeavor.  It is wonderful that you had such an encouraging family which helped make it easier for you.  Learning early that as women we can affect change through education in our own lives and in the lives of others can help evolve the stigma of education in your country and others.  Keep up with your dreams of helping young women by promoting education!

rosemary_ntoipo
May 18, 2017
May 18, 2017

TechMktr, thank you so much. Am grateful for the comments Yes, as women we can affect change through education in our own lives and in the lives of others. Thanks, i will continue helping women by promoting education

Janfran
May 17, 2017
May 17, 2017

Rosemary

Education is a powerful tool and helps to shape our world, your teacher made a difference to you and I am sure that you will do the same for others. You clearly have strength and determination, which helped you to reach your goal. I am sure that it will rub off on others, so that they follow your example and grow as a result

rosemary_ntoipo
May 18, 2017
May 18, 2017

Hi, Janfran, thanks a lot. I appreciate and yes, education is absolutely a powerful tool to help shape the world. My teacher helped make the difference in my life and today i make in others lives.I will be inspired and grow eventually.

Bekki Darling
May 17, 2017
May 17, 2017

Hi Rosemary! I could not agree with you more. Education is by far the most powerful weapon with which we can change the world. In my personal experience, I have found that you can tell how smart people are by what they laugh at. I hope that one day you will be able to encourage your old woman friend to stop laughing at your pursuit of more education and continue on her own journey of lifelong learning. Life never stops teaching, so we should never stop learning. Your profession as a teacher is a noble one, indeed. Please continue to share your gifts and talents with your community and the world.

rosemary_ntoipo
May 18, 2017
May 18, 2017

Hi Bekki, thanks a lot . Education is a really a powerful weapon to help change the world. I appreciate all that you mentioned.That's true life never stops teaching, so we should never stop learning. Education is very important. I still yearn for more. I will continue to share my gifts and talents to all.

Bekki Darling
May 18, 2017
May 18, 2017

Excellent! And keep writing about your experiences, too. I look forward to following your journey. Always remember: If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward. :-) That is my favorite quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.

rosemary_ntoipo
Jun 06, 2017
Jun 06, 2017

Thanks a lot Bekki. Am most grateful and very happy to connect with you. I appreciate everything you mentioned. I just read the quote and its quite encouraging it reminds me that at some point my vision will eventually become a reality. A positive change where and when all women in my community/ country will eventually see the need to pursue their studies no matter the age. Again, thanks a lot Bekki and yes, please keep following my journey

Sister Zeph
Jun 05, 2017
Jun 05, 2017

Wonderful there is not limit to get education you are giving the best message to the girls you are an inspiration, please remember that you are not alone in your mission you are surrounded by sisters from around the world 

rosemary_ntoipo
Jun 06, 2017
Jun 06, 2017

Thanks a lot Sister Zeph, Am very happy to connect with you and thanks for this very encouraging words and know that am not alone in my mission. Am most grateful to have a sister like you and others around the world. Again I say thanks a lot.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Jul 27, 2017
Jul 27, 2017

Hi Rosemary,

Thank you for such a  Inspirational post. Yes it's never too late to get an education. Those who are laughing at you are insecure about themselves. They don't have the  courage to take the steps your taking.  Thank you for inspiring many more young girls and women  to get an education. 

Stay blessed and continue with the good work you are doing. 

rosemary_ntoipo
Jul 27, 2017
Jul 27, 2017

Hi Anita, Thanks a lot. Am very happy and grateful. Indeed, it's never too late to get an education. I hope that some day they will see the need to change their perspective and realize the importance of education and look beyond age. It's achievable and it reminds me to keep on the want for more education and acquisition of the same especially whenever finances are available. Thanks a lot again, I hope to inspire many more to get an education.

Stay blessed too Anita.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Jul 27, 2017
Jul 27, 2017

Your welcome my dear. Stay blessed.

SanPatagonia
Nov 06, 2017
Nov 06, 2017

Hi Rosemary, after a very long time I'm back here in WP and I find your post. Such a great and encouraging one! In my hometown there's an old lady's bravery story. Her name is Brunilde Ede but she's known as 'La Oma'. She graduated from primary school at 66, from secondary school at 73, got her Political Sciences degree at 80, and decided to go to Law School afterwards. Her parents were German immigrants, she was born in Brazil and later on she moved to Argentina. When she was a child, she attended a rural school, but had to drop it since she used to work in her parent's farm. She used to say there's time in life to do anything you want and age shouldn't be an obstacle to fulfill your dreams.

Stay strong 'cause your path will inspire and overcome obstacles... You're the Oma in your land!

Love

San