What is the most important thing you have created? Your children. Who do hundreds of charities work so hard on in the UK to help? Our children. What do we donate millions of pounds to around the globe? Children. What has our government done to help the young people who don’t want to attend a higher education institution? They have made alternatives: apprentices, traineeships… there are always other options. I question, why are we not thinking about climate change the same way we prioritise our children? It is the only option we have; our children are the future.
It broke my heart. A 13 year old. So intelligent and full of inquisitive questions. This boy, however, he was not going to fulfil his obvious shining potential. Why? He lives in Ghana. A place where he does not have the opportunity to do what I did, that I did not even think twice about: I applied to study at the University of Oxford. I took it for granted. How I could just apply to the most prestigious institution in the world. I sat there clicking away, filling in my application on my laptop.
Back in secondary school, I remember being very scared. I asked myself so many questions. What was I going to do when I was older? Was I capable of getting good GCSEs, A-Levels, going to university? Although prominent in my mind—doubts aside, I was thinking of another question: what was I going to do to help make a difference? Not everybody has this question, but I did, and I am here to encourage you all to think of ways YOU can help make the world a better place. You may be thinking ‘that it is such a hard question.’ Does she mean how do I change the world, how to help her friends, how to be a good person? As a matter of fact, it’s all of these.
I have recently wondered, what would happen if I didn’t tell anyone about my secret. What if I downplayed it, pretended it wasn’t there.