Education is starving
When I deliver speeches I am often asked these 2 questions:
Why have you decided to teach abroad and deliver conferences?
I heard there was good food for free in that conference!
My easy answer is: I heard there was good food for free in that conference! An easy answer to deride a hungry audience. It has always worked for me.
Well, of course you don’t leave your own country whose gastronomy is well renowned just for food but as I said earlier that’s just an easy answer to a complicated question.
If I had the time to say why I am losing sleepless nights preparing work for the development of teachers, here’s what I would say.
Because I have to. Because children deserve it. Because the right to education is a fundamental right for everyone. No matter who you are, no matter how much money you have, no matter the colour of your skin, no matter your age, no matter your gender, no matter if you are an atheist or believe in God. Education is an inalienable right. The right to be given the tools to grow as a citizen of the world.
Let me tell you a personal story :
Reading was devouring and I was thirty for learning
I have always wanted to work in education as a teacher. Very creative, right? Anyway. I was a good student but also a trouble maker because I needed food to nurture my brain. Reading was devouring and I was thirty for learning. I got lucky because some of my teachers spotted that they gave me just enough to sustain my appetite. After my Master’s degree I still wanted more. I got Learning Greedy. More.more.more. However I don’t come from a rich family nor am I poor. Just the typical middle class family where parents sacrifice everything they have to give their children a chance through education. So I worked hard and knocked on the right doors. At the time getting a Postgraduate Certificate in Education along with a Master’s degree in teaching languages was partly funded by the English state in agreement with the European institutions. I could never be grateful enough to have receive such an opportunity to develop my skills as a teacher and simply as a person learning in Oxford one of the most prestigious universities in the world. I would not be here today if I hadn’t been given this opportunity.
Unfortunately, nowadays education is a privilege. Today more than ever. I have travelled to many countries delivering speeches to prestigious institutions in Europe to talk about the great use of technology in education and the risks of technology if badly used while developing at the same time teachers’ skills in rural schools in Peru where teachers have little if no access to the Internet. Paradoxical, right?
My point here is that education is a right but it is also a duty we need to contribute to. We have to feed empty bellies and empty minds starving. Education shouldn’t suffer from compromise, Education should be a priority for each and every one of us if we want the world to turn round and if we want it to be a better place.
So, yes why do I deliver conferences abroad? Because I know what it feels like to be hungry for knowledge.