My Happy Place

Dear Africana Woman,

How are you today? I had a great session teaching the Monetise Your Business Series. Today we focused on Instagram. You know I always go in thinking uh not sure if I will do this again. Then its camera lights action. My friend, it’s like someone takes over and a star is born lol. So dramatic. What I am trying to say is that I absolutely love teaching. Now my mother was a teacher for many years and I always thought it must be a monotonous process. Because every year you are teaching the same thing over and over. As a creative person it’s like eik can I do this teaching thing forever? It might not be stimulating enough. The great thing is unlike a government stipulated curriculum that never budges, I have the flexibility to mix up my classes in terms of delivery, class size, interaction, content etc.

By the way, do you know how one goes about lobbying policy change in Zambia? I just discovered that I would like to lobby a change of our curriculum. I believe that we need to add financial literacy and emotional intelligence to it. In addition, the core subjects should be reframed to be African centred. From the little research that I have done, what I have found is that most organisations are advocating or working towards access to education, but no one is actually talking about what students are actually learning, which is crazy to me. Sure, if a student gets access but the content is archaic then what is the point of this thing you call education. If you know how one goes about influencing policy change and lobbying to government kindly point me in the right direction. Thank you so much. I appreciate you.

In the Africana Woman Book Club for the months of April and May we read Hlomu: The Wife by Dudu Busani-Dube. Then we had our book review a couple days ago. I love books, always have. I think I have talked about this before. I adore books. Our book club is a mix of women from across the world. There are women from Cape to Cairo. African women living in Europe, Asia and North America. We select a book to read by voting. Usually we read one book per month but Hlomu is long so we agreed to two months. Hmmmm. We’ll come back to this. Then at the end of the month we have a review. I live for the reviews. We really get into great discussions about the social issues underlying the book in relation to our own lives. It is a safe space for deep conversations. You can also be vulnerable with absolutely no judgement.