Over the past two weeks we have had the opportunity to talk with a number of Starfish students about what having an education means to them. What is striking about their responses, from the newest members of Starfish to the oldest, is how they view their education as something not just for themselves but for their families and communities. They do not see themselves as more deserving of getting an education than anyone else, rather, they view the opportunity to study as a responsibility to their larger community. They show us just how an education creates a ripple effect of change!
“By getting an education I am also able to help my younger siblings with the homework and can encourage them in their studies.” -Reyna (20 yrs old)
“We have to value our education because it’s the only way to move forward here. Education provides us with new opportunities and our parents are sacrificing a lot to allow us to continue our studies.” -Elsa Mirella (14 yrs old)
“Education is important to me because it will allow me to help more people.” -Miriam (15 yrs old)
“Getting an education has changed me and the opportunities that my family now has. I am the oldest child so it is now my responsibility to help my younger siblings get through school so that they can have a better future as well.” -Nicolasa (21 yrs old)
“Having an education means that I will be able to help my family, especially my younger siblings, have a brighter future. The fact that I will be graduating this year is not just something I can be proud of, it’s something my whole family can be proud of. ” -Elsa (18 yrs old)
“Education is really important because through we learn about values, our civil rights, and our civil obligations.” -Atzira (13 yrs old)
Thanks for sharing in the journey with these amazing young women!
Posted on January 30, 2013