“The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.” — Aristotle
I recently came across a blog that I had to read several times because of its impact on me, and the images have stayed in my mind ever since. The courage and commitment shown in this blog haunts me as I drive past schools here in London, with their large buildings, modern classrooms, clean play areas and up to date equipment. In fact, I live next door to arguably the top private girls school in all of London, St. Paul’s School for Girls, which is a far contrast from this school in India.
Leadership is all about finding a need and filling it in a way that uplifts others and provides lasting value. ~ Thomas D. Willhite
These two men, Rajesh Kumar Sharma and Laxmi Chandra don’t just talk about the problem, they do something positive about it. They run a free school for poor and ghetto children under a bridge in New Delhi, India and have done so for the past 3 years.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ~Nelson Mandela
Look at the intense concentration on these faces. They want to be here, they want to learn, they have dreams of a better live and education is the way forward. Not exactly the same look we find in most modern class rooms today.
It is plain old leadership that has provided this opportunity. Two men, doing what they can, and doing what is right with the skills they have, are making a difference for these young people.
My mother, an English and Music teacher, used to say, “Everyone deserves an opportunity to learn, because you never know which one of them will become the next Einstein.” And I add, the next Mozart, the next Steve Jobs, the next Nelson Mandela, the next Marie Curie. It is through the opportunity of education that such talents can be fully expressed.
Thank you Rajesh Kumar Sharma and Laxmi Chandra for your leadership.
Tight Lines . . .
John R Childress