Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives in each of us.
This quote stands out to me and I see it connecting to Empowering Learners as we strive to fulfill its mission. We constantly dream. We dream of the wonderful attributes Namibian learners strive to give to their communities and county. We dream of the impact these students will have in unforeseen avenues, and we dream of opening opportunities for bright individuals. The human spirit has a desire to connect us with others. Whenever Ann and I speak about our Namibian collaborators we're in awe with how intently people listen. I have personally been very struck with how audiences hone in when we start to talk about students. I feel and know that these spectacular students have the potential for greatness. The desire to see that greatness come out is what I believe connects our supporters to our dreams.
The above quote comes from Wilma Rudolph who was an extremely celebrated African American track athlete. Rudolph's most notable accomplishment was being the first U.S. woman to win 3 gold medals at the Olympics (Rome, 1960). Her success helped break down gender and race inequalities within the sport, and she is credited for starting the integration movement in her hometown Clarksville, Tennessee. Rudolph's awards and accolades are many, but I am most drawn to what she did immediately after her Olympic career. She could have done anything. I mean ANYTHING! She was an instant celebrity, and for good reason. Yet even with many possibilities for her to choose from she decided to return to college and get her degree in...wait for it...elementary education. :)
She wanted to make a difference in children's lives, and she lived her life with that mindset. The quote at the beginning shows that she truly believed it. I too, resonate with those thoughts, and that idea drives Empowering Learners.
We too, believe in the power of dreams, and its our many supporters (the human spirit) that pushes Empowering Learner's dreams to fulfillment.