Knowledge they say is Power. But what is the use of acquiring all these knowledge when you can’t share it?
I just came back from a Community Event that had the format of TEDtalk titled ‘ Committed to building a great school for every child‘. It was a cross-sectoral event that brought together politicians including ministers/political party leaders, school administrators, doctors, teachers, city officials, parents and other influential stakeholders to share and learn promising practices on how to achieve better learning/educational outcomes for the children of Saskatoon, Canada.
Why acquire Knowledge?
For close to 3 hours, I , like a sponge, soaked up all that I could from the many brilliant minds that shared both their knowledge and lived experiences about the intersectionality of social capital and the implication on education outcomes for the future generation.
I, like the over zealous student of yester years, scribbled on my notepad, hoping to zerox every word that came out their mouths for my future reference. I , realizing that I was the only black person in a room of 750 people, knew that I needed to learn as much as I could so that I could take it back to my children and the many newcomer women/families that I have the great privilege of serving through my work.
I, knowing that I had the opportunity to be there for a good reason and not because fate could not have brought another black woman in my place, feel a sense of duty to share my knowledge and what I have learnt.
Thus I dare ask again, what is the use of knowledge if it is not shared with others? Knowing that it is only but a massive waste if knowledge is ‘unshared’ and a huge dishonour to Him who so graciously gave you that opportunity to learn, I shall do all that I can to pay it forward because indeed, the blessings of His grace for my learning and access to doors that ordinarily closed to others are much too much for me to keep to myself alone. For that, I shall surely share!