CHANGE by Ashki
We asked our Leadership Camp what the word change means to them...
I am Ashki and education is very important to me. I grew up moving around different countries a lot because my parents were always so worried about our safety and being able to find refuge in a country where we can settle down. So I had to miss almost two years of school.
During that period I missed the feeling of being at school and the feeling of holding a pen and solving a math problem. At the end of grade 6, I was privileged enough to move to America because my family did not want to give up on us and our education since they were not able to receive the same thing themselves. When I got back to school in grade 7 I had to teach myself English because I did not know a single word of English. It was tough but I never gave up because I always knew that there is a kid out there who wants to be exactly where I am right now.
Education has changed my life, it has taught me to become a better person. It changed the way I think of the world right now. And that is why I believe education could be the reason to change all of our lives for the better.
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