A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE
Many people have memorable experiences throughout their lifetime, ranging from the celebration of life, the death of a loved one or other remarkable events. An experience in my life that has remained with me till today is my two year’s stay (1995-1997) in Soweto, a suburb of Johannesburg¸ South Africa. I got admitted into college right after high school to study international relations. In this field, it is common for students to go abroad in order to work on social projects, often referred to as “ the voluntary social year”. One of the criteria for this trip was learning a local dialect in addition to gaining knowledge of the people and the area. I was prepared for everything except for the disappointment I was faced with when I arrived at the Ndebele Girls School, Soweto which was the school the Ministry of External Affairs of my country, Nigeria had arranged for my project year. I found out that my project theme was not to be accepted. The private school in Soweto was not the place to implement all the beautiful ideas I had come with. One of these ideas was to lead social projects with the school’s upper grade’s whom I found out from my research were not allowed to mingle with other students due to their forth coming national test. They were banned from all extra- curricular affairs including inter school debates and sports. The director of the school who is a Cistercian Nun refused to permit this. She believed that my proposal for inter school socialization was great but feared that their community was not ready for this. He also thought that parents would oppose the idea because it was too western and against their cultural beliefs. As I started to acclimatize myself to Soweto, I began to realize that there were other ways that I could be of service without burdening the people and thereby...
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