The Parabel of the Starfish
On the beach lie countless starfish washed up by the current. A girl takes one starfish after another into her hand and throws them back into the ocean. When a man comes by he says: “Don’t you see that the entire beach is full of starfish? You’ll never be able to save all of them! What you are doing does not change a thing!” The girl carefully picks up the next starfish from the ground and shows it to him so that he can see its distinctive characteristics and replies to him “For this specific starfish it will make a difference!” and then she throws it back into the ocean as far as she can.
The local school, Gymnasium Großburgwedel, that most of the active education matters members went to, held a charity run. The students chose three nonprofit organisations – one of which was educations matters. You can find a link to the (german) newspaper article below.
My name is Hassan Abdallah, I am from a polygamist family with eight children. My mom died when I was in standard five. Since then we stayed with my stepmother till I finished standard seven as completing primary level education.
My father did not want to send me to school and no one could tell him to send me to school because my mother had already passed away when I was in standard five.
Vincent Muwonge joined Education Matters 7 years ago, when he was in the fifth grade of primary school at the Divine Mission Junior School. He was absorbed into the sponsorship program of our organization, when we discovered that he is an orphan child and the people he used to stay with couldn’t afford his school fees anymore. Since then, Education Matters took over his school fees at the Divine Mission Junior School.