Monday, August 14, 2006

What is the point of it all?

1. So what your school and mine is 100 years old? How have your alumni and yourself contributed in a lasting way to the advancement of your family, community and nation?

2. So what if your alma mater has produced "prominent" docters, lawyers, economists and first sons/daughters? Who of them has made even one new medical discovery or postulated a new economic theory that will wipe out world hunger?

3. So what if your school had mass twice a week and prides itself in producing "ladies & gentlemen of integrity", do you not see the Karamojong women and children on the streets at Shoprite Ben Kiwanuka Street, StanChart Headquarters and at Steers Entebbe Road? where's your empathy then?

4. So what if your teachers came from Eton, Oxford, Cambridge, Rome, the US of A, Timbuktu, Never Never Land, how have you taken their teachings and used them to turn yourself into a leader? A Visionary Leader.

5. Think about this as your thump your smug self satisfied "I went to the best schools in Uganda" chest, the vital sectors of your economy - energy, retail, communications, transportation - are owned and run by people from an African country in which People of colour - u and me - were not generally allowed in University until the mid-eighties? they went to technical colleges, euphemistically called Technikons? Didnt y'all go to Makerere, T"he Harvard of Africa", "The Ivory Tower"?

Education is the process by which a fire is ignited in your mind, soul and body. A fire that ideally goes on to burn down immense tracts of ignorance, poverty, disease, hunger and backwardness. A fire that makes a difference by equipping you with the basic tools to go and change the world. Where are your blue chip companies? your medical discoveries when American high school kids are isolating, for the first time, the gene necessary for nitrogen fixation in freshwater blue-green algae (World Book Encyclopedia Science Year Book, 1991, Page 335 - Thanks Tim Kalyegira), where is the difference that you are making when you are content to be mis-ruled by leaders whose only claim to power is in successfully prosecuting a guerrilla war aganist AN ELECTED GOVERNMENT! WHERE IS THE CONCRETE RESULT OF YOUR PRICEY EDUCATION IN UGANDA'S "BEST" SCHOOLS?

Think about that.

6 Comments:

Blogger ish said...

from the same dude who said "chicks from gungas and giza, u marry, chick from college school, u..."

u sure raise a lot of good points!

Mon Aug 14, 08:04:00 pm  
Blogger Jay said...

I see you and kalyegira are likeminded.

Very true

Tue Aug 15, 01:50:00 pm  
Blogger baz said...

hah hah! That's right, Inky. Way to call the boy out on his own words!

Not that I don't agree, though. Four years of Smack were fun, but the teachers and staff seemed to be in a race to give us reasons to disdain authority. They were crooked, cruel, unjust and irrational and they didn't care that we saw through their lies because they knew there was nothing we could do about it.

So now they want us to talk about what a great foundation we got from smack? I think anyone who made it in life after those guys made it in spite of their "education".

Those rat bastards.

Tue Aug 15, 05:27:00 pm  
Blogger Cherie said...

Centennial celebrations are becoming somewhat cliche! Who's next....Green Hill?
if u are worth yo salt,,,show us wat u have done!and don't mention them prominent names...wat exactly have they done???
at least charlie gave us a discotheque, baz gives us bad idea......
no sour grapes here!
nice blog,gave me something to think about.

Wed Aug 16, 10:36:00 am  
Blogger Iwaya said...

knockng SMACK is easy. but isn't one of the school's roles giving you something to react against. inspiring you to overcome hurdles and restrictions it puts in your way and evolving to be better than them? i should think this is what counts, and basing on you, or at least what the blog reveals, SMACK seems to have done a pretty good job.

Fri Aug 18, 02:07:00 pm  
Blogger Degstar said...

@I,
thank you mate,
i live for validation like that.

Sat Aug 19, 02:38:00 pm  

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