22 September 2014
|Henry Chibutu Jnr.|
Yes, 10, all before tertiary education so I know what it is like to learn both at a private and public institution. My parents say they didn't know what school was really the best for me since I was their first son. I should have never ended up studying at the highest learning institution in the land. I was not the brightest in class yet I found myself among the 12 or so students who made it from a school with 700 pupils. The university system helped me see for myself the flaws in our educational system along with the challenges educated people face, having great ideas yet no one to implement them.
|ORU Committee (Henry is furthest left, back row)|
Well, it begun subtly in the school hall at my high school. As prefects, we were punished by the school authorities after keeping quiet when other pupils were planning to riot. As we were gathered together and taken to task, I sat there unable to respond or give reason for what had happened. I had done my part but my tongue couldn't move. I felt the helpless feeling of being in pain but being unable to speak out. During my gap year, I travelled to Livingstone. As the bus moved on I saw vast terrain, uncultivated and untapped resources yet people were living in poverty. It was then that the seed was planted. Seeing children aged 10-16 selling vegetables on the streets everyday till as late as 10pm only fuelled my passion even more. It wasn't right. University life only made my lens more focused. I participated in the student unions and begun a movement called ORU (Operation Rebuilding UNZA). I'm sure you remember when I came to your home with branded t-shirts and shared my dream with you. I also founded a YMCA student branch there. These movements sharpened my skills and exposed my weaknesses.
|Henry representing Zambia as YMCA Ambassador in Zimbabwe|
Alright, thanks man! Zambia needs Christian leaders in government and I'm excited just thinking about what God will do through you. May more Christian men and women in our country with a similar passion for our nation rise up!
Thanks for this man. I know one day we'll look back at this and see how good the Lord has been.