THE article in the Zambia Daily Mail edition of April 24, 2019 heralding the formation of a former Mpika Boys students’ association and a call for all former students to consider giving back to the school evoked fond memories of a place which was home away from home for many of us for a number of years.
Camp David, as the school is fondly known, gave us a firm foundation in life. It was there that we learnt survival skills and forged great friendships that have served us well in adult life.
As I read the article, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words that “To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; ……to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;…. to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded” kept ringing in my mind.
The AGM on May 5, 2019 at Pamodzi Hotel presents an opportunity to reconnect with former school mates and wider alumni, forge lasting career and business relationships and a chance to help present and future pupils to breathe easier.
Mattresses, laboratory tools or chemicals to help create future scientists or innovators to drive our economy, computers to help unleash technology moguls or electric pots to minimise the adverse environmental effects of firewood or tree cutting, providing internship opportunities and career guidance sessions so that the boys avoid the career mistakes we made as youths, are among the many ways of giving back to a school that did so much for us.
I appeal to all former Mpika Boys students around the country to contact the association (firstname.lastname@example.org), attend the annual general meeting or make a meaningful financial contribution towards this noble cause.
If all of us who have passed through the school since 1970 can do our part either at individual level or through the businesses we have created or are a part of, we can and will make Mpika Boys High School a better place. “At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington.