My dear Ghanaian mums and dads, dear Ghanaian bro’s and sisters:
I hereby solemnly promise on my bare knees to write more often in English on the Powered by Love Lifeschool blog!
Some of you were asking what’s the link between the ‘X-rated’ picture, pornography (title) and Lifeschool!
Good question! Thank you!
In short: I was talking about the unauthorised use of mobiles at school, the pornographic movies on it and the very funny fact that –at least the movies that I was shown- they were all about black men performing with white ladies!
I feel so blessed to be accepted in your communities, walking and working with you people who are ready to share your live with me.
As I love writing, I am never tired of describing our joint life in a way that it becomes interesting and enjoyable to read!
I’ve been staying in Ghana for 17 good years in a frequent ‘go/come-style’.
Some of you know me very well, as you Africans can read my heart and soul in a glance!
You respect me because I refuse to see you people as poor Africans who need ‘our’ help.
I’m sure you can help yourself, if only you begin believing in yourself and start digesting your slavery-history as well as your colonial past..
Anytime after I have listened to your problems and complaints I answer you that you have your ‘issues’ and that we have ours!
Exchanging our ‘issues’ with each other is so important, so instructive, so healing.
And that’s how it happened that last time I wrote about pornographic videos at school.
Be sure, our people over here didn’t react on the pornography in the first place!
They were rather suprised that these young people have a mobile, despite their survival level..
About the pornography there was only recognition: our children also watch porn, just as our children also smoke herb (wie, ganja) and drink alcohol..
I mean, although the setting is completely different, as societies in a global world, we can have to cope with similar situations.
In this particular pornographic issue, we all try to discover that healthy and innocent thin line between adolescent secret or rebellish behavior and dangerous life disrupting addictions.
Just like you we are all looking for solutions and approaches..
As a matter of fact Powered by Love, Lifeschool is a bridge, a passage, a meeting place between Ghana and Belgium.
We need you as much as you need us.
I hear you thinking, my sweet mums and dads, bro’s and sisters: ‘No no, you don’t need anything, you have everything, but we, we need money..’
Yes, I agree: you need money! Money to be correctly invested in education.
And yes I am aware there are more territories where you need money very urgently, such as medical care, the consequences of climate change..
As you know I use all my potential to redistribute financial means between you and our Belgian people.
We don’t want your children, your young people to grow up illiterate, nor as victims of unbalanced diets or a lack of food. We don’t want them to die because of the absence of efficient medical care..
In a global world your children are also our future, just as our children are yours.
That’s why I also want to bring your attention to one of our ‘issues’, where you may come in to help us. We have adolescents who kill themselves or try to kill themselves. Many young people are taking medicin to cheer up!
I am aware this phenomenon is unknown in your country, whilst in Belgium we are having one of the highest suicide-rates in Europe. Can you imagine the suffering of these mothers and fathers who were able to give everything what you people like so much, to their children?
So, talking about redistribution!
I’ve seen you after your cows had died, after your crops were destroyed, after your drinking water had dried out, after the burial of your loved ones..
I saw how you woke up fresh every morning, humble and thankful for every new day, grateful for every meal..
You people are always hopeful, no matter, even if all goes wrong..
Please help me find ways how we can redistribute that hope, so that we can also enjoy!