Back to school

The education of a child is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. The choice of schools or institutions right from nursery to university will form a critical part of who your child will become in future.

There are lots of nursery schools around and each offering a different curriculum or learning style. Many parents natural instinct is to send the child to the nearest school so as not to bother with transporting them to far. That’s a good decision if the schools nearby are to the standard required and within your budget. It is important that we look at the quality of the school before we enroll your children. It is not enough to assume that the first few years of a child are not important and therefore not prioritize quality. On the contrary the nursery level plays an important part in laying the foundations for a good education in future. It is at the nursery level that the child’s brain is stimulated through play and activities and before primary the fundamentals are taught. So choose a good nursery school.

At primary level, as a parent you need to make decisions as to whether your child will follow the national or international curriculum. There are a lot of schools available offering different curricular including those that are aligned to different faiths e.g Christian curriculum. Both curriculums have their pros and cons and it is important as a parent that you critically look at those and make an informed decision. Besides the curricular, when selecting a school again look at the quality of the school and aspects that maybe important to you.

For secondary level, many parents again have to select between national or international curricular, single-sex or mixed schools, day or boarding. Again make your selection based on your preference, your understanding of your child and your financial situation.

After secondary children have all options to go to university or a technical/vocational institutions. if your child has exceled and got the required entry points then they can go straight to university. If they haven’t do not worry. It may take them a little longer but they can start with a diploma which has lower entry requirements and eventually upgrade to a degree. Again the choice of universities is wide both within and outside the country and with various founders including those that are based on certain religious principles.

Looking forward to graduation and the time to create or look for employment!

In future articles I will discus:

  • financing your child’s education
  • the pros and cons of national vs international system.
  • key things to consider which define quality of a school
  • key learning milestones
  • check list for boarders
  • settling in as a new student
  • parents role in educating your child

Special Women

Time check – Women’s day – 8th March.

Women’s day. It’s one of those days when people send lots of messages wishing women a happy women’s day. There are a lot of women events both workshops and parties and lots of celebration. Some men are treating their spouses or daughter’s out and it’s generally a happy day.

What does Womens day mean to you? For me on the contrary I feel like women need more recognition every day. Women need more attention and respect. Don’t treat me so well on one day of the year but on everyday.

Today though as I focus on all that’s going on around me I can’t help reflect on my own person journey as a woman. The challenges and opportunities I have had.

My earliest memories are my mother making delicious meals, baking bread at home and making cheese. Yes she is that kind of woman. On top of that she is a professional, a mentor and a friend to many. Sunday lunches always have lots of visitors. When I look back I see my mother is so much of the Proverbs 31 Woman. She is a homemaker, a worker, a business woman and so much more.

As we celebrate Women’s day today lets celebrate our diversity as women. Let’s celebrate our multifacet character. Let’s celebrate that we can hussle it our in the boardroom, be a mother to the kids, be that respectful loving partner and yet still be us.

Have a lovely day and take time to rest and recuperate from all your multiple tasks. Think about how you can celebrate with women and give back to those women who don’t feel like there is anything to celebrate.

Setting goals and dreaming in the New Year!

Life is a journey, do it and do it well. There are so many things we need to do in life; in our family, work place and neighbourhood. The Ganda Life Planner is my personal story of what has worked for me in all aspects of my life. I will be sharing with you my story and planning tools that you can borrow to help you achieve your dreams in all areas of your life. Hope you enjoy it!

So where do we begin from….

The beginning of the year is always the most exciting part of the year for many of us. The previous year is gone, and we are simply thankful that we made it to 2019, despite everything that has been happening around us and I must say in 2018 so much happened.

In the new year the most natural thought for me, is that it’s an opportunity to start afresh and close some doors to things that weren’t working well in 2018. We shouldn’t lie to ourselves. Personally, I didn’t achieve everything I set out to achieve and in fact I lapsed in some areas; unfinished projects, broken promises and resolutions shelved. But guess what, forget all that, it’s a new year and as I said before it’s a new start.

So, what does the new start mean. It’s a time to dream afresh in all aspects of our life. From family, career, business, Lord and yes, your lover. Dream, and dream big. No inhibitions. Your reality will be shaped by your mind, your FEARS and your pocket but I know that even that is limiting your dreams.

Over the years I have been in the habit of planning with my family. I find that it helps to map out clearly what we want to do with our time and use other resources appropriately. It’s also an opportunity to spend time understanding my children and their interests. About 5 years ago we did a vision board or commonly known as a dream board. It’s simple and fun for all ages. I would highly recommend that you try it.

All you need is simple wooden board, you can use ply wood or even manila, old magazines, glue and a scissors. Ask yourselves two questions. “what is my dream or what do I want to achieve”. Cut out and stick pictures from the magazine that reflect your dreams. They say if you can dream it, you can achieve it and having the dream board prominently displayed somewhere in your home is a constant reminder of your goals. You will find your thoughts focused, your networks and all your energy being drawn towards your goals. Some may say it’s the Law of Attraction while we can also liken it to what Habakkuk did in the seventh century when God gave him a vision that came to pass. Whatever it is, I can testify that it works but ask God in solitude what his plan for you is, what he wants you to achieve and to bless your plans (Reflection points PS. 127 & Prov 16. 3).

May your new year be filled with lots of dreams and may you begin to work towards achieving those dreams. Try doing the dream board with your family or friends and tell me how it goes. Next week I will share with you how we can practically move from dreaming to achieving those dreams.

Happy week!