(VIDEO: I took the above video during my time in Sierra Leone)
Ok so before I get out of here for the weekend, and a wonderful one it’s expected to be in sunny Los Angeles, let me drop this on you.
This Sunday, BET will air a special episode of Meet the Faith with talk show queen Oprah Winfrey. The topic of discussion? Her new school in South Africa.
Now I haven’t said much regarding O’s decision to open a school abroad in the motherland rather than here in America. In the beginning, I kind of felt she should have focused on the kids here, perhaps even in her city of Chicago. But that was then and this is now.
After traveling to Sierra Leone and speaking with so many children about their hopes and dreams and aspirations for the future, it was made very clear and apparent to me that education was their number one focus and if given half a chance, they’d struggle to walk ten miles and go without eating, just to attend school. Let’s be real. That is not the attitude of the children here in America, especially Black children. And don’t try and argue me down on this because everyday I get to hear first hand what’s on the mind of kids today when Compton High School lets out.
We do take education for granted here. Maybe not you, your parents, or grandparents, but you know who I am talking about. In Africa, you have got to pay to go to school, bottom line. You pay for your books, your desk, your chair, your uniform, your meals, and your lessons. School is not free, not even for elementary age students.
So I feel O when she talks about the luxuries that we have here that we take for granted and that opening up a school there will give her the platform to discuss education world-wide. She’s right. Had I not gone to Africa and witnessed it with my own two eyes, I might still think differently.
No matter how bad we think we have it here, it’s still considered VIP living for many of our brothers and sisters across the Atlantic.
BET (Black Entertainment Television)
Sunday, July 29, 2007
11 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.