Greetings– Learners, educators, executives of the school, the mayor’s office, councillors, and the organizers of this meeting, the PCA officers of the ANC
Nkosi Sikelele e’Africa = God save Africa – opening statement of the South African National Anthem!
Why should God save Africa if we continue to destroy it and not build it?
Introduction: MD from Canada; Medical and Research Director of THSLW in Toronto; Specialist in Sleep Disorders and Author of several books, documentaries and articles on sleep disorders, Task Force member and Principal assessor for the CPSO.
Born in BHS; schooled in Lenasia; studied at Univ. of Natal and Wits; first MD to serve in Kwaggafontein, migrated to Canada and been there for 28 years.
I am about to present a motivation speech to encourage YOUR primary purpose here – Your education.
I do have some valuable information to share with you.
- This speech is for the children struggling with what life has given them;
- for the ambitious students who dreams to be the future leaders of Africa,
- and the student who wants to make a real difference for himself, his family, his community, and his country.
Firstly I will focus on Intelligence; the different types of intelligence (each of us has 2 to 3 unique types of intelligence – that is why we are so different in the way we learn), then on what makes a great student, and finally focus on the importance of your education for your country, your family and your community.
Intelligence is defined as the capacity to learn, reason and understand.
There are several types of unique intelligence – Most of us have 2 to 3 types of unique intelligence. Which type of learner are you?
1st) The Visual (Spatial) learner (called picture smart) – vivid imagination, loves art, thinks in pictures – need to see things to understand them – love charts, diagrams, films –very common type
2nd) Kinaesthetic learners ((called body smart) – the ‘doers and makers’, are physically active, need to be active to learn – create models, build projects – may find classrooms confining
3rd) Musical learner (songs and rhythm smart) – sings, are musicians, like mnemonics, listen to instruments while studying and sings or play an instrument in breaks.
4th) Interpersonal learners (social smart) – – learn by talking and interacting with others – love to talk in class, love debates and discussions- are natural leaders and tutors
5th) Personal learner (solitary smart) –reflective, quiet, introverted – study alone –prefer one on one – prefer a quiet place at home to study
6th) Mathematic learners (logic smart) – are the math whizzes, the organizing gurus, the pattern finders and planners- sometimes have trouble with creativity and social activities – like traditional classrooms
7th) Linguistic / Verbal learners (word smart) – are bookworms, are brilliant writers and speakers, do well alone and sometimes in groups – also like traditional classrooms like math learners
So what makes a great student?
- One who understands their types of unique intelligence, and their strengths and weaknesses – and takes advantage of the strengths and works to improve on the weaknesses
- One who sets goals that guide how to spend time and energy – goals are specific eg not ‘must improve in class’ but ‘must get 100%’Lead balanced lives – knows importance of success in school, friendship, family, community, country, hobbies and extracurricular activities
- Have curios minds – Chinese call ‘beginners minds’ – pretend to be learners
Now I will focus on the importance of your education.
Have you ever thought why the wealthiest and most advanced countries in the world have the best of everything?
- The best health care, the best education and justice systems for all its citizens;
- the most peaceful and safe living environments
- freedom of speech and movement,
- and the most advanced and creative inventions. These countries include Canada, Germany, USA, UK, and Japan.
Have you ever thought why Africa is so poor; has so much violence; has such corrupt leaders that are so profoundly abusive to its own people?
Why does Africa have to depend on the developed countries for its survival when it has more natural resources than any other continent?
Have you ever thought why your uncle or father is a gardener or a manual labourer, or why your mother is a housemaid, a laundry maid or a street hawker, or a beggar?
There is only one reason for all of these scenarios, and it is the lack of EDUCATION
Most of Africa is uneducated – so any group with a little knowledge abuses and threaten those with a lessor education, or the ignorant – and force them to live in fear, to live in poverty and in a confused state of anger, which they project onto their family and community!
Tragic, but this is true. This is the reality of the oppressors and the oppressed.
In Canada every person is equal:
- male or female; black, brown or white; gay or stray; any religion, any age, any disability, any background – all are one
- one big family who care for each other; who support each other in health and wealth; who are proud of each other; who care of each other’s families and communities; and care and aid the needy people all over this world when tragedy falls on them.
This is not a dream – it is a fact – I live this dream in Canada
And it can be the same for us all here in South Africa
Only with Education can you achieve it – and you have it right here in this school with the support of your educators.
So what is your obligation?
I quote a very famous and influential grandson of Africa He is changing the world with his education.
He is Barack Hussain Obama, the President of the United States of America. He said when he spoke to some students at a New York school he visited.
“… at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world – and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities.
Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and elders; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.
And that’s what I want you to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want you to start with the responsibility you have to yourself.”
That’s the opportunity an education can provide.
Apartheid has ended, racism has ended, and Imperialism has ended.
But you have a greater enemy, a greater weakness, the strongest weapon of the oppressor. It is the enemy of peace and love, of hope and progress, and communal and national unity.
That enemy is your ignorance, yes YOUR ignorance! Your lack of Education.
The same enemy controls you mind through the use of alcohol and drugs.
When you return to your classes, think of these points:
Why is Africa in trouble? How can you change it for your family, your coming children, and country
Education starts by changing one person’s life, and ends up changing the world.
The only real failure in life is the failure to try. Never give up trying to fulfil your dreams and ideas.
In the end everyone who tries will succeed, and if you haven’t succeeded, then you have not reached the end.
Remember; be proud of who you are and what you have already achieved so far.
Keep moving ahead and set your goals high. Believe in yourself.
Come learners, come save Africa, come re-build Africa, and secure Africa’s future with your Education!
Nkosi Sikelele e’Africa
Thank you for your attention
Mohamed R. Goolam Hussain