There is a popular Swahili phrase that we use in Kenya (the country where I grew up). It is “sawa sawa” which means it is all good or everything is well. Every year I teach my students this phrase. As a result, I have come to be known as Ms. Sawa Sawa, Dr. Sawa Sawa, or the Sawa Sawa Lady.
As the Academic Director of the program, I had the opportunity to supervise the academic team made up of five amazing faculty (college professors and experts in media, public policy, communications, and geography) who dedicated many hours to make sure that the 2012 Leaders for Social Change program was a life changing experience for our students. After three weeks of teaching, mentoring, and training we have come to the end of what was a very important leadership journey for our students. We have pushed our students hard, stretched them beyond their comfort zones, and challenged them to think critically about themselves and the world around them; this is because we see the leadership potential in each one of them.
One of my favorite quotes is by American educator, Daniel J. Boorstin who says, “Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.” I wish our future leaders the very best as they continue to pursue their educational goals! I urge them to remember, “The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action!” (Herbert Spencer).
Kwaheri ya kuonana (goodbye until we meet again)!
-Dr. Anyango Reggy, Academic Director