What Do Our Kids See? :: 2016 in Review (Part 1)

What Do Our Kids See? :: 2016 in Review (Part 1)

2016 was our best year yet. Our biggest successes by far. But it was also our hardest year. We know many of you may feel this way too. Just when you think you’re getting ahead, there’s a roadblock or two with a man in blue and a yellow reflective vest waving you down.

In Part 1 of our 2016 Review, we’ve prepared a pontification on the year. It’s metaphorical and reflective in nature. It’s harsh, brutal, and in your face. But it’s from our heart. If you lived through 2016 in Zimbabwe, this post may resonate deeply with you.

To be clear, this is not directed at anyone, but rather a request to find a deeper resolve within to be the change agents where we can be in our societies.

Part 2, where we go line-by-line through all of our projects, will be released next week. Stay tuned.


"Go back to where you came from and learn how to speak English."

This video, by NAPCAN holds the image of a man insulting a worker and his young son watching a harsh lash out to a colored worker. If you can’t see the video below, click here.

Kids see, kids do. All the educators reading this would give a thumbs up through the screen if they could. A generation always follows in the footsteps of their fathers and mothers unless something drastically changes.

So in Africa, what do our kids see? Our natural kids, but also the continent's children? The children of the soil. How is it affecting them?

Do our rising sons and daughters wake up to news articles that are supporting local innovation and bold positive headlines?

Do they go to sleep listening to their parents talk about the grand accomplishments being made in the agriculture sector?

Do they see expressive love and affection in how older people relate to each other?

Do they notice the exchange of honor and dignity in our police force and tax authorities?

Do they see supported leadership transition and positive change?

Do they see better roads, better companies, more laughter, less poverty and an inspiring social culture?

Here's what many of the young people see:

  • News articles that have power bulls raging for more media time.Headlines that are about scandals, stupidity and destruction.
  • They go to sleep while their parents talk about who they owe money to, or how they're clinically stressed out about an imploding economy, and long bank queues.
  • This leads to society placing huge emphasis on money and not relationships.
  • They see a distrusting community and the common “Why can't I find anyone who's honest?" sort of talk.
  • They take note of the belligerent police force who demand US Dollars for futile reasons with no respect to the drivers or passengers.
  • They see a tax system designed to close businesses down and break apart families. Then our children take hold of the disrespect that their parents have for government institutions.
  • They see limited to no leadership change.
  • They see more potholes as they grow older, more neglect, closing companies, less laughter, more poverty and a depressed social culture.
  • They see the institutions that were meant to protect and provide justice and structure, instead exploit and extort their own people for selfish and greedy gain.
  • They see millions of their own people starving and desperate.

What do the kids see peering through the broken wall?

What are we showing them? We can try give them the best education and access to internet, but they'll live how we lived...UNLESS we do something drastic in our culture, in our homes, in our lives.

Meanwhile the rest of the world goes on.

Many of the world’s nations are believing 2017 will a year of great moves forward. 

Meanwhile, Africa seems to be hoping for 2018 already. Our hope is displaced to next year and the next and the next. How long will we settle for deferred hope?

It starts with you. Who are you becoming? Who are you reaching and helping? What are you living for?

(photo via nanagyei)