Kilwa Kipatimu … education
Throw your mind back to the then Tanganyika, say in the year 1940, reflect on type of schools that existed then – I mean in terms of structures – may be a school after every 200 kilometres or more. Some lone missionaries setting up structures to help teach a few local children arithmetic and how to read and write. What you see above could well give you a picture of how such school structures looked like then. Interesting enough – there were those who attained their early education in schools that had structures more or less similar to what you see above. These, come independence in 1961, were among the few ‘educated’ people who were there. So, they were swallowed up by the government to set up a new country. After a few decades, they became leaders – having slowly (or quickly) climbed up the ladder of leadership. Today, they are among the most influential, the most rich in society. Normally, a parent doesn’t want to see his son or daughther pass through the same path that he/she passed – if in his time he did not put on shoes while going to school, he would want his children to put on shoes. What all this entails is that he would want CHANGE – change for the better. Well, why am I bothering you with these words/thoughts? To let you see how some of our people DO NOT care about others. This is the 21st century – how come we are yet to improve the environment in which our children acquire education? Why do we let them pass through the same paths we walked on ourselves decades back? Do you think a kid studying in this school will EVER have a chance to become someone influential and rich in society … that is … while WE are BUSY creating classes and families that will be categorised as the Dynasties of the land … Bush style? Well, I took you back to 1940 … now come back to 2010 … time difference is 70 years or seven decades!
Images courtesy of a friend: Fadhili Omar who recently visited Kilwa Kipatimu.