As we are now in the final stretch of our School Supplies for Afghan Children project, I’ve come to realize what tremendous effort it took us as a class to get to the point where we are and having the ambitious goal of collecting over a 100 boxes of school supplies for the Afghan children. As a class, we were able to build friendships throughout the semester, by working with each other on many fundraisers and school supplies drives. Our entire honors class this semester was extremely willing to go the extra mile, in order to collect as much school supplies for the underprivileged Afghan children. Moreover, many of us strongly believe that education is the only way out of poverty and this belief was perhaps the biggest driving force for us, it allowed us to remain motivated and determined to accomplish our goals.
School Supplies for Afghan Children provided us with the opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves, while at the same time; we were able to learn about another’s culture way of life and were even given fist hand accounts as towards what life is really like in Afghanistan, from guest speaker retired SMSgt Rex Temple. Although at the start of the semester, I was a bit overwhelmed with everything I had to achieve for this class, if I were to be given this opportunity again, I would do it all over again. I’ve always wanted to be a part of something that would greatly influence peoples’ lives in a more positive way and I think School Supplies for Afghan Children has been exactly that opportunity for me.
Now, with the two weeks of class remaining, it will be a time of reflecting on my journey through this course and how I have become a more productive individual by going through this experience. Also, it never really occurred to me how important education really is, it wasn’t until I noticed how eager and determine the Afghan children were to learn, even under difficult circumstances and only if they had access to the right tools and materials to secure a proper education for themselves, it would change their lives drastically. From my viewpoint, projects like School Supplies for Afghan Children is the first basic step towards creating industrious, intelligent and diligent Afghan children, for the future of their society.
“Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.”- Marva Collins