BENEFITING: Imagine Scholar Inc
When I was little, my younger sister and I would set up an imaginary school in our living room. We would set up desks and a chalkboard, and even hang the American flag for the pledge of allegiance. We’d take turns playing teacher and student, giving each other “quizzes” with practice papers on basic math or spelling. For Christmas we would ask for things to decorate our “classroom” with, and those were always the best gifts. Now, about a decade later, I no longer want to be a school teacher.
Now, the best gift is no longer supplies to set up a classroom, but rather the opportunity to learn in one. The best gift is education and all that goes with it. It has taken me places I have only dreamed of and given me opportunities I never thought possible.
This is because it is in a classroom that students can discover and explore their passions. From there, they can then seek opportunities for learning, in and outside of school. Anyone can dream of a future for themselves. However, not everyone can pursue it. Imagine a new world where each person has access to schooling and opportunity. Imagine a new world, because in this world, there is a problem.
The problem is not that children think too big, or want too much. It is that they dream with infinite imaginations and see no reason why they do not deserve everything the world has to offer. Often they do not have the chance to follow through. It is that opportunities appear to be based on the area in which one lives.
This is why we need Imagine Scholar. The organization recognizes that changing the world can begin in one community. These are the people who see the same world I do. Imagine Scholar works with students in the Nkomazi region of South Africa, where only 7% of the local population has received higher education, 55% of students do not have access to literature, and 80% do not have opportunities to earn money. Despite the statistics, Imagine Scholar has become a catalyst for change.
Imagine Scholar works with students to build and open doors that allow them to pursue their passions. They literally put the world at their students’ fingertips, traveling with them to conferences in Asia, and sending them to attend universities in Europe, Africa, and North America following graduation. Most importantly, these students use what they learn to give back to their community. One of the goals of the organization is that their ground work is run entirely by Imagine Scholar alumni by 2020. This not only makes Imagine Scholar unique, but also makes their change sustainable.
I ask you to imagine again this new world. The one where it is possible for students to achieve what they dream, where they have opportunities to become teachers, doctors, musicians, or anything they want to be. Please support Imagine Scholar and their effort in making this new world a reality.
Please visit www.imaginescholar.org for more information.