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Educate a woman, educate a family

Children’s Corner with PANIC CHILUFYA
MARY is the first girl in her family to complete secondary school and train as a teacher; thanks to her church mate who saw potential in her and decided to take up all her school fees and associated costs.
The sponsor felt that by empowering Mary with an education, she would in turn help her three siblings and her mother, who was a single parent.
If Mary was not given the golden opportunity of going back to school, the cycle of poverty would forever haunt the family. The goal was to use the power of education to change Mary’s life and that of her young brothers and sisters who were living in poverty.
However, immediately Mary started she took responsibility of her siblings, who are now all in school with the youngest one just having completed secondary school. She has also taken responsibility of her mother, who has been ailing for some time now.
Mary is so grateful to her benefactor for making a life changing contribution in her life. She hopes that in future she will also make a difference in the life of a vulnerable child.
She believes that is the best way of paying back for the kindness of her sponsor, who was so selfless and giving.
As the Bible says, it is more blessed to give than to receive; these are the teachings most of the ‘Good Samaritans’ follow. Ingratitude is likely to disadvantage other deserving vulnerable children in the future.
Most people, who take up this noble role, is former South African President Nelson Mandela, who believed that education is the most powerful weapon to change the world because it extends beyond the development of skills necessary for economic success and helps to break down the cycle of poverty.
During his time, Mr Mandela advocated for education as being the key to eliminating gender inequality, to reducing poverty, to creating a sustainable planet, to preventing needless deaths and illness, and to fostering peace. He believed that in a knowledge economy, education was the new currency for communities and nations to maintain economic competitiveness and global prosperity.
Remember, children are our future.
Until next week, take care.
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