Written by Frida Ngowi | Posted on  15 April, 2016.

It was a cold and cloudy morning when I woke up out of my bed to go greet my parents thus, the African way of life that every morning when you wake up you have to go knock on your elder’s rooms to greet them and know how they’re doing. I went in my parents room after knocking my father told me that he was planning to take me to a boarding school. I was very excited by then despite of not having a clear understanding of a boarding school. What came in my mind was just meeting new friends and different games that I could play while am at school (there). The day came that I was taken to that boarding school, I had no idea if they had to leave me there for a couple of months before going back home.

After few days I started missing home, all the ideology that I had about how fun a boarding school could be vanished away. I remember how I used to sit every night on my double decker bed near the window crying mercifully as I missed home. However, since crying all night long never helped I decided to change my thoughts and attitude about school. I began to concentrate in class and enjoy the lessons taught, it’s when I came to realize that school wasn’t bad after all. I am not bragging but I began to do well in my studies constantly, this made my parents very proud and kept encouraging me throughout, that was during my primary and secondary education. After going to university, I came to realize that all was for my own benefit and am proudly enjoying the fruits of education now but it’s not over yet since am still learning each day of my life.

The skills and knowledge I learned throughout has made me the person I am today. Education has made me confident and has a better understanding in different things apart from what was only taught in class. I was privileged to get a quality education and I am very grateful for that and would love to pass it on to my next generation.

Access to quality education is very essential for development. Not only does education provide the society with the knowledge and skills to be active citizens and to fulfill themselves as individuals, literacy in particular contributes directly to poverty reduction. It has been estimated that the global poverty could drop by 12 percent if all children in low income / developing countries could read.

Education is also closely related to children’s health, gender equality, human rights (especially those of children and minorities), and peace and employment opportunities. Therefore, education contributes a lot to the sustainable economic growth and to more stable and accountable societies and governments too.