Shining a different kind of light!

Day 26 SOL19

So today the electrical engineers turned our power off for virtually the whole day, from 9 am to 6 pm and then again for an hour from 7 to 8 pm. Which would be great if whatever they worked on then improved, but as it’s happened countless times over the past few years, you know it’s just another patch up job, followed up by insufficient maintenance…!

So I wasn’t in the best frame of mind to think of what to write about in today’s slice and I find checking other slices on a small phone (my only internet connection all day) is nowhere near as satisfying as reading them on a bigger screen! Writing comments also tends to be more hazardous, as it’s often hard to see your full comment and check for mistakes on a little screen (for me anyway!)

But then I read about Peter Tabichi who has just been voted the Teacher of the Year in a world wide competition sponsored by the Varkey Foundation and I really felt bad about all my inward complaints and grumpiness.

This man teaches at a school in Kenya and inspires high school students to stay at school, despite having only one computer and a bad internet connection for the whole school, along with a student teacher ratio of 58 to 1! He has also set up an after school science club and now some of the students can qualify for national science competitions.

He also donates 80 per cent of his salary to help the poorer students at his school, gives one on one tuition and visits students’ families to better understand their individual struggles.

‘“Africa will produce scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs whose names will be one day famous in every corner of the world. And girls will be a huge part of this story,” he said.

“I believe science and technology can play a leading role in unlocking Africa’s potential. It’s morning in Africa. The skies are clear. This is Africa’s time.”’

Such an inspirational story!

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8 thoughts on “Shining a different kind of light!

  1. Such an inspiring post! Both your story and Peter Tabichi’s. Makes me ashamed of my complaining. Makes me realize I really lack nothing. This calls for some purposeful gratitude today. Thanks for sharing

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  2. Great slice and reminder of how much I take for granted in a day. When studying in Costs Rica, we sometimes lost power in the middle of the day. And one day that meant in the middle of a shower! I learned what the large water containers were for!

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