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How on earth do we (yes you and us)! achieve this gigantic task of ensuring that every child is in school in the next twenty years, and that every African can read and write by 2063? As you know, most of our schools, are dilapidated, poorly equipped and poorly staffed. But let’s be honest with ourselves, don’t you think, the monies being stolen from us or mismanaged by our politicians, big business and is more than enough to enrol all our children in school? Do you think it is right for your own children to be in school, whilst those he or she will play with after schools are not? How in God’s name can it be right for you to be going shopping with your children in the evening for their breakfast and school lunch, whilst other children his or her age are out in parking lot begging from the pennies your child may not have spent inside the supermarket?
Do I ‘see’ you nodding in agreement? Then this is a CALL TO ARMS – to serve Africa! Let’s throw away the apathy and the fatalism. Our children’s lives can be better than living on handouts and begging on the streets. Yes, this concerns YOU! The African child’s future is not fatalistic. We refuse to accept that! We refuse to accept our government’s explanation of lack of resources. Let’s help them locate where the funds are, and how to get ALL our children in schools to receive good quality education! Let’s take control of our children’s future. For some of us, it may not happen in our life, but it doesn’t matter, we would have been be part of history, part of a great revolutionary movement that refused to accept the poverty, inequality, lack of opportunities, corruption, human rights violations and hopelessness that are such a constant feature of our lives that we have come to take it as a given. You may ask: what can I do? A lot. We are inspired by the enduring words of Martin Luther:
“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
You think we are dreaming? Then we are not the only ones dreaming. And we hope someday you will join us, and Africa can live as one. Oh yes, we are not afraid to dream of an Africa, where all our children are in schools. We are not afraid to dream of an Africa where no child is left behind. Why should we be afraid to dream of an Africa that gives all our children hope? Remember: “No dreamer is ever too small, no dream ever too big”
Come join us! Don’t be afraid of the challenges and battles, which like torrential rain shall pour down on us. But together we are stronger and together we can do it. Winston Churchill once said: “Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.” It is our decision to work for Africa and our children and help make 2063 a reality!
“One great enemy we must all endeavor to fear not conquering is fear. Fear can cripple purpose and purposeful life. Fear asks question we must fear. Fear makes vision a nightmare. One must always cross the barrier of fear to get to the great city of true purposefulness. A great number of us who are unable to live to accomplish the true reason for our existence on earth are unable to cross the barrier of fear in the first place.” Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
AU Watch’s Agenda 2063 Programme in collaboration with its Development Directorate and its Media, Outreach and Education Directorate are rolling out national projects to develop, build and equip schools in Africa. We understand that it is gradually becoming more widely accepted that simply giving aid to communities in developing countries can, ironically, be counter-productive and disabling. AU Watch has developed a model of ‘Participatory Development’ in all its programmes: in fact, they help communities to help themselves. AU Watch motivates the villagers to contribute as much as they can towards the rebuilding of their local schools. In this way each community participates in the planning and the realisation of their own development programmes. The communities are required to mould their own blocks and provide as much as the local materials that may be needed and all the unskilled labour needed to complete the project.
We believe there are many people like us who wish to contribute something of their wealth to benefit others – so we provide a safe and reliable conduit for people who want to help children in Africa aspire to a brighter future, through access to a good education.
Nothing is too small for us that will ensure that a child receives a good education – books, stationery, classroom furnishings and equipment are more than welcome. Can you volunteer? Do you have skills and a bit of time in your hand to assist us? whilst volunteering your invaluable time, we can assure you that you will have the time of your life contributing to the future of Africa children.
AU Watch is partnering with organisations and charitable foundations who share our passion to beat corruption and poverty.
We are committed to developing successful strategic partnerships, and pride ourselves on meeting supporting organisations’ aims and objectives – so we can reach more communities than we could alone.
For more information or to discuss how your charitable trust or foundation can help, please contact Adeyemi Coker on [email protected]