It all starts with education!

It all starts with education!

When I was thirteen I returned to Benin from France and met a girl my age in my new school. Her name is Grace and she became my best friend over a certain period of time. I always felt that I was more privileged than she was, given that she was living in a boarding home far from her love ones to attend this school. I felt she had to deal with things I personally did not have to face and so I pitied her a little bit. One day a few weeks after back to school she came to school very much distressed. She confided in me that she lost all the food money she was given by her parents for the year. The reason why this is one of my best memories is because we bonded over that. I remember telling her not to worry that I would help her. We did not talk about it with any of the adults; and every day of that school year, I used my lunch allocation to buy food and drinks and shared it in equal parts between the two of us.

Giving fifty percent of what we have! Such a challenge for an adult is it not?

The world of today is facing many challenges. We see it every day on the News and all of us habitants of this planet live some reality of these challenges in our respective communities. For some of those challenges the answers lie in our lifetime and so hopefully we will get to them. However, for the bigger portion, the vast and intrinsically complex challenges, some answers lie beyond our lifetime. It is our duty as an earth nation to equip the next generations with the tools to face the outcome of our successes and of our failures. It starts with providing access to education to all of those who are denied this for reasons beyond their control. Indeed the concept of Economy is a fabrication of the human society and as a result so is poverty. No children or youth of this world should be so deeply impacted by the decision of their forbearers as to lack safety, food security or access to education. 

It is my personal privilege to be here today among you and to be a witness to the Dreams that could be project and what today's event is standing for. To all of you here, on behalf of Cercle Social and all of the Cercle Social students, thank you for believing in their future and caring about their dreams! For you are the catalysts to making their dreams into reality: From Dreams that could be to Dreams that will be.

It all starts with education! 

Thank you!
Maelle Bah
Programs Manager, Operations