Our world faces daunting challenges and stunning inequalities. Smart, good people who devote their lives to studying these issues often disagree profoundly with each other on what course of action we should take. But certainly an essential first step--and one that Americans, in particular, often neglect--is the realization that there are, indeed, "other kids in the world." Who knows what that realization will lead to?
This is also the time of year of graduations when, in my role as Yo Ghana! go-fer, I drop by some schools at the year's end here in the U.S. Today I got to see a student who had graduated the night before thank a teacher who had played, it seemed, a critical role in keeping him in school and helping him to graduate. Our teachers in both the Pacific Northwest and Ghana and, for that matter, across the world, are often privy to a lot of suffering that the rest of us get to ignore. But they also experience the satisfaction of knowing that their stubborn devotion to a student can be the difference between success and failure. One of the very parts of being part of Yo Ghana! is getting to hang out with teachers. Thank you, teachers for inspiring not only your students, but the rest of us.
I'll soon be in Ghana, along with our co-founder Elizabeth Fosler-Jones and with my life partner, Wendy, and we'll be traveling and meeting with hundreds of members of the Yo Ghana! community there, so in about week I'll be blogging every day or two.