By Monica Zurowski – Calgary Herald – East Africa — Ask any Grade 7 student in Calgary what he or she wants to be one day and the response is likely to be a one-word answer.
Teacher. Engineer. Doctor. Perhaps even astronaut.
Ask the same question of students at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, however, and the answer becomes a thoughtful reflection on how they hope to make a difference in their country’s future.
A Grade 7 student named Asma, for example, talks about her hopes of going back to her village and improving living conditions there.
“As a girl, I want to go back as a woman who opened her community’s eyes, to change her community and I want to be a lawyer,” she says.
A classmate named Prudence has similar aspirations.