Sara Przybysz - Red Thread Initiative
I worked in Tamale (Ghana) as a volunteer in the laboratory of an outpatient clinic. I devoted all my free time to be with the local children. Their openness, warmth and smile (given the conditions in which they live) moved me deeply. The time spent together gave us all a lot of joy. But it couldn't be ignored that in the shadow of the children's joy there are profound dreams of what in the developed countries is generally taken for granted.
For a large group of children in Ghana school is only a dream. Overcrowded classrooms, high fees and cultural influences, where education is a privilege for girls (as their role is mainly labour to provide for the family and help in the daily chores in the household/farm) are commonplace. In such circumstances any long-term learning is a luxury for the select few.
The new awareness and a tremendous desire for the situation to be changed for that group of children from Tamale gave birth to the idea of building a girls' school there.
Thanks to many open hearts and great financial support of many private individuals as well as a few organisations form Europe,
in June 2012 we commenced the first stage of the construction of the school building.
At present the finishing work is underway and the joy in the entire area is amazing.
It is a great feeling when one can witness the dreams come true!
In Tamale I also met a few nice and very smart girls. Unfortunately, they had no possibility to develop their obvious potential.
Their education was interrupted due to the lack of money and the responsibilities they have in their households.
Being a student myself, once patiently waiting for a place at university, I can understand the desire to gain knowledge and the inability one feels in such moments. Out of donations I paid their fees at university and the necessary course books were bought. Additionally, for two of them who lived a long distance from the school we found a solution in the form of bicycles.
We have achieved a lot already. At the same time we are well aware that education is not just a process of gaining knowledge. Education is primarily about the possibility of achieving a life that is safer,
dignified and independent of adverse circumstances and society.
Education is a friendlier world for us all.