This is my recount of a story I saw on the Oprah show and that Oprah re-covered for the Lifeclass she has been doing on her new cable network, OWN.
There was a little girl in Africa who used to do her brother’s homework for him. Boys were educated and girls were married off while in their preteens. That is how that society values the genders.
The boy’s teacher found out she was doing the homework and begged her father to allow her to come to school. He would not. The girl, Tererai Trent, was married off at age 11. She had three children . At some point a woman from an American Aid organization was in Africa. The girl told her that her dream was to have an education and to live in America. The woman told her to write down her goals. Put them in a tin and bury it so that it becomes a seed for her life and it will grow.
For the next years she was beaten daily by her husband. She ended up moving to America and got her bachelors degree then her Masters degree. Then she got her Doctorate. She married a good man. She had a dream to improve the schools in her country. Oprah donated over $1 million to her and arranged for some experts to help her implement the improvements to the school.
She achieved the four major dreams she had for herself and her life.
Guide children into doing this
Declare who you are. Claim what you will do with this life. Write all of this down. Bury it inside a metal container of some sort. See it as planting a seed. Let it go and allow it to grow. When you plant a carrot seed you get carrots. When you plant your dreams you get your dreams. Know this. Believe this. You only need to believe it with 51% of yourself. Even with doubts it will grow. Opportunities will come. Ideas will be planted in your mind.
Teachers, do this with your class.
Parents, do this with your children.
People, do this with your friends and loved ones.
Families, do this together.
Love and blessings,