I began a training last week that will continue for the next two months. Fifteen students have traveled from remote, rural areas nearby to learn and discuss politics, democracy, constitutions, community, development, and sustainability; and most importantly, how their faith fits into all of this.
And, I am excited to say that seven of the fifteen students are women! I’m not a feminist by any stretch; I’m actually quite sexist against my own, and amidst this culture I might be becoming more so… However, I am excited to see women taking a role in this society, and respected to do so. I personally appreciate the balance that women and men in politics and development can bring.
They are a qualified group, all having some university experience, most having completed their Masters or going to begin a Masters program after this. More importantly, they are all passionate. They want to learn, they want to discuss, and they want to be a part of bringing change to their homes and communities.
Can I tell you how much I love my job, and what a privilege it is to teach for three hours a day in a moldy building at the edge of town?