From 13-15 September, great minds convened at ICRAF Nairobi with the aim of developing a Pan-African restoration education curriculum. To be honest, this genesis scared me, especially because I was in the company of university professors. I felt inadequate and that I had nothing to share until Mercy, a wonderful lady and associate professor at the University of Energy and Natural Resources in Ghana, asked me what role I played.
As we bonded over coffee, suddenly the other participants in the room were captured and moved by my community initiatives, especially by the fact that children and education were my core targets. This is how ’catch them young’ in Mercy’s words came along.
This was my ice breaker and gave me comfort that after all, I had something to contribute in making the curriculum favorable for all, and ensuring that no one was left behind -especially children, youth and Indigenous People, whose voices often have been forgotten. During the GLF Africa Digital Conference, I had the privilege of joining a panel to discuss how the curriculum would impact different groups. I was happy to be a representative voice for children, youth and grassroots actors.
These three days were packed with knowledge. The great lessons I gathered from this session was how unstoppable and unlimited you are when you intentionally work together: the globe becomes lighter to lift, making restoration a reality for all. We also need to change our mindset and realize that every single person has something to learn in the restoration journey, thus making everyone an educator and learner at the same time. Finally, the least- ’heard’ voices are the most valuable ones that should be sought and listened to more. By 15th September ,we gave our project a name: transformative restoration education.
The journey has just begun. I have faith in the global impact that this collaboration will bring forth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rABURQmLrY