Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Junior Achievement (JA) and the Economics of Staying in School (ESIS) should be pushed in #Uganda

One day, I was volunteering in a school in Toronto for one day.  JA ESIS (Junior Achievement, The Economics of Staying in School).  I love teaching with a passion.  The kids were P7 -S1 Ugandan equivalent.  We got to the Budget Portion.  That was a bit challenging for the kids. One girl said when she grows up, she will marry a rich man to look after her horse and all her bills.  At this time, I was thinking that the young girl needs to open her eyes.  Her budget was way too over the income, I think she wanted to do nails or make up.  Then imagine this boy said the first thing he would buy was a red Mustang GT. He wanted to wash cars for a living.  WOW.  A red Mustang GT convertable for a 16yr old in Canada is $16,000 in insurance for a teenager.  So when we looked at the income vs. expenses, he decided to remain in school to become a medical doctor.  You see, kids will not know until they know reality.  But this one was not counting on marrying a rich woman though so I gave him credit for that.  This particular school is the high end where most of the rich kids go but it was nice to bring reality in the classroom.  I normally used to teach in the schools in hoods.  Oh it was a blast.  Teach your kids to remain in school and perform very well because the rest will be history.

Martha Leah Zesaguli (Nangalama)
Moncton, Canada
Born and Raised in Uganda (Bududa District where the hospital has no running water)

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