To get the best for their children, some parents in continental Africa are eager to send their children abroad for education in an environment they consider better managed and conducive for the child’s education. Yet, some parents in diaspora are eager to send their children home to continental Africa where they believe there are still left some moral rudiments that could help mold a child into a well-rounded responsible and cultured person not excessively influenced by western culture. A kind of “academic education versus cultural upbringing” situation.
As time went on, the stories became persistent. The information being passed around seemed to be converging and were starting to sound similar. It felt like the virus had completed its conquest of China and Italy and was getting closer and closer. The number of reported cases in the United States grew. Then the number of cases in Massachusetts inched upwards. There was even a case in my town. Things were getting worse. Fear was starting to circle my heart.
"Do we believe that everyone should have equal access to opportunity? And if we do, we should strive to make sure that we create that. If you ask yourself that question, every time a decision is made, every time our resource is allocated to something, I think it will change the way that we view the world."
A lot has happened in the past month. Without enough warning and preparation, the world is battling an invisible enemy – COVID-19. In less than three weeks, a virus that first appeared in Wuhan, China has spread to 150 countries and counting. On its path the virus unleashed death and wrecked economies on a scale that the world has never seen before.