Can we say R.I.P to South Africa’s tertiary education?

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Fees should be free. Picture obtained from eNCA

As if the “Fees Must Fall” was not enough and somehow it seems like Deja-vu all over again as the students are back were they started with protests. The cost of a university degree in South Africa is so high that getting student loans are no longer options especially for students coming from low economic backgrounds. Although I am at a private institution, tuition hikes are no exception because whether in a private or public institution, the number of students dropping out keeps rising.

On Monday the Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande announced the 2017 fee increment. According to the Education and Training Minister, Universities should determine the level of fee adjustments for 2017 with the condition that the increment should not be above 8%. This announcement has a number of effects on students because firstly, the students have to protests to get the government attention that increasing tuition fees will lead to drop outs. Secondly, the more students protests the longer the students have to wait to graduate.

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Do not deprive anyone access to education. Picture obtained from CNN.com

Despite the fact that South Africa’s university admission has risen for the past 15 years, tuition hikes continue lessen the number of students that graduate at the end of their degree programs because students can no longer afford tuition fees and can also no longer get loans and scholarships. Therefore, with all the hardships that students go through, it is safe to say the Ministry of Higher Education and Training is falling to fulfil its purpose and mission. The ministry is falling to educate and prepare the younger generation for productive roles in the work place because equipping the younger generation has the ability of contributing to national building while enriching lives.

Although student engagement has the ability of enhancing student learning while creating efficiency and effectiveness, South Africa’s higher education has the challenge of improving student services such as tuition fees. Secondly, students from lower-income backgrounds are less likely to remain enrolled, persist through, and graduate from public institutions.

Perceptions of perfection according to society

On Tuesday morning I came across a story about a woman with the biggest breasts in the United Kingdom that squeezed her waist to 24 inches after wearing a rib-crushing corset for 12 hours a day.  According to Mirror news the woman has reportedly spent about 10 thousand Euros on swapping her size 34 breast for 32MM implants.

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There is nothing wrong with making yourself feel good and looking good but the problems comes in when you let society decide and define what constitutes beauty. According to society a beautiful woman has to have firm and proportional body, thin, tall and blemish free. The hair has to be perfect, and any imperfections such as pimples, blackheads and fatness has to be done away with cosmetic products ranging from mac lipstick and make up.

Furthermore, the influence of the media through magazines and news have also contributed to society’s stereotype about why women should look a certain way in order to be beautiful. The effect of this is that certain women in society end up suffering from low self-esteem and depression when they cannot fit into the “book of beauty”.Because of how society has defined beauty most women are persuaded into looking through the compact mirror and go to great extents such as sizing themselves up with the nearest advertisement featuring a flawless bottle blonde.

For years, the world of media has been working hard to construct the ideal image of what a “perfect woman” is supposed to look like. You and I know it well. Magazines, movies, and commercials, among other outlets, have spoon-fed girls with the idea that they can only be beautiful if they have long legs, great hair, and curves in all the right places. According to modern day society, girls should walk and talk pretty, have perfect skin, and cake on makeup; they should watch their weight and keep up with the newest trends in fashion.

 

 

 

The importance of Human Rights

Today I am going to talk about Human Rights violation in the world and the importance of respecting and protecting the rights of people. Human Rights are important for a stable global community and as a result people should be protected against vices such as human trafficking, sexual abuse and torture. When we look at today’s world, children and women are the most victims of human Rights violation due to the idea that they cannot protect themselves from their predictors (Aljazeera, 2016). However, this is does not mean men’s are also not violated because as Nelson Mandela once said, to deny people their rights is to challenge their humanity. Therefore, it is the responsibility of every human being to respect and treat one another with the same kind of love and respect they would want to be given.

I bet most of you agree with me that in any democratic country, people should be given the right to choose a leader of their own choice and should not be beaten not punished for sharing different views from those in power. After all no cause should justify the abuse of human rights.

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The attention given to Human Rights is based on the idea that Human Rights should exist beyond the determination of specific societies and as a result Human Rights set universal standards that are used to judge societies. Human Rights also provide acceptable bench marks on which individuals or governments from one part of the world may criticize the norms followed by other governments or cultures (Gummow, 2013).

The violence against women constitutes of violence found within the household  which may include, marital rape or rape within a relationship were both partners don’t share  the same views. In addition to this other sexual abuse include sexual harassment at work, trafficking in women and girls with intention of fulfilling sexual needs are urges. With this regard women or young girls are forced exploitation, forced prostitution, abortion of female fetuses and infanticide of baby girls, traditional practices harmful to women such as genital mutilation, forced or too early marriage, widow burning, honour killing, acid attacks, stoning, war rape, and other.

 

Tribalism blinds the soul

Finally the president has been announced but one thing that keeps bothering me is the idea of tribalism in Zambia and the extent at which it has divided the people of Zambia. Truth be told the just ended elections were driven by tribalism and not free and fair election nor democracy.

Most of the people that voted;  voted on the basis of “ because he is Bemba, Nyanja or Tonga ” and not on the quality of leadership and prosperity. But the question is why have Zambians let tribalism divide them to an extent of hating each other and insulting each other (The Daily Nation, 2016). According to David Mitchell, in the cycle of tribalism, the ignorance of the others engenders fear; fear engenders hatred; hatred engenders violence and violence engenders further violence until the only laws and rights are whatever is willed by the most powerful. This quotes is very true in relation with what is happening in Zambia. Firstly people some people do not want to accept the results and this has led to violence with people attacking one another on social media as well as physically (The Daily Nation, 2016).

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Tribalism has made people hate each other so bad that some of them forget that their relatives, mothers, wives and spouses come from other tribes and they have lived together without questioning which tribe one comes from. One would conclude that the people of Zambia do not change and as a result, they would rather vote for a person because of the tribe than because the person has what the capacity to led the country (Lusaka Voice, 2016).

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it is through tribalism that people end up getting divided. Picture obtained from Gado.com

To some extent Zambia’s democracy has gone so done that the idea of freedom does not reflect itself in Zambia. What has destroyed this country is not wanting to give other people chances show us what they offer us. Today people were  celebrating the victory of the 6th President his Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu and their is nothing wrong with that because at the end of the day, he is the president of Zambia but the problem is that tribalism has been used to divide people. Despite the failing prices, hunger and load shedding, people are now fighting each other (The Daily Nation, 2016).

I would encourage every one of my fellow Zambians to stop acts of tribalism on each other because the true cause of tribalism is faith which is an outward expression of the ancient instinct of tribalism.

We are the youth and we must rise

During election campaigns, we see different political parties making empty promises about how they will empower the youth once elected. However, the moment the parties are elected into power, the youth are back to square one, suffering and fending for themselves while trying to make ends meet.

Why can’t we as youths come together and say no to parties trying to use us to do their dirty jobs such as beating and killing innocent people for believing in different political parties. This is because at the end of the day, we are the ones that lose the most because the people we fight for have better lives than us while we continue remaining in poverty.

Let us be sincere and analyse the cost of living in Zambia because there a lot of us with good results who want to go university but we cannot due to lack of finances. Those we elect for a better tomorrow once in power tend to not think about us and forget their campaign promises. The youths face a lot of challenges such as lack of employment as well as good tertiary education and we all know people that have good academic results and deserve to be at university but because of corruption and lack of finances these people cannot get the education they deserve. Therefore with corruption in our midst, it is hard to get into university if you do not have any connections.

It is no lie that we need jobs; we need better education facilities as well as a flexible economy but the question that remains is that how can we improve when we keep electing people that do not consider our needs when elected into power. At the moment life is so hard that bread has become expensive for households to buy due to the unstableness of the kwacha and the economy. What does this mean for us the youth and where do we stand in fighting for a better tomorrow.

We have seen how the two prominent universities in Zambia have had riots for a long period of time due to poor management of resources, delayed meal allowances and harsh living conditions. My advice to my fellow youth is that we should unite, vote wisely because the decision we make on the 11th of August will have an impact for the next five years till we vote again. Let us analyse our leaders and see if they can really deliver the promises they claim they will bring. Zambia is a beautiful country so let us work together to make it better. We are the youth and we must rise.

Stop expecting loyalty from people who cannot even give you honesty

Take it from me, stop trying to maintain what God is trying to remove. Some dead relationships do not need you forcing them to work, why? because the more you try to make them work, the more you end up hurting yourself.

Letting go of the things that cause us pain is not easy but trusting in God for a better tomorrow is worth it.Holding on to your exes or anyone you were once romantically involved with is never a good idea when you decide to move on with your life. Furthermore do not ruin your present blessing because you left the door open to someone that God removed. You can be kind without making your heart vulnerable because the most important thing is to make peace with your past and move forward because the people that hurt you are in the past for a reason.

Even though you ended up in a relationship you knew God did not want you in, God heard you cry to be free from that bondage. God is going to restore everything you wasted when you invested your heart and time into something wrong. I am talking from experience and i understand how painful it is to let go of that one person you once thought you would spend the rest of your life with.

It is true pain hurts and it can make you act like another person. it makes you question too many things and makes you trust less and push people that truly mean well in your life. But it is during these times that we should always go back to our heavenly father and as for guidance. Happiness happens when you let go of whats gone and be grateful for what is there and look forward to whats coming in the future. Like they say what does not kill you only makes you stronger, everyone is strong in their own unique way.

According to Steve Maraboli, letting go is never easy as there is no shortcut or trick to it. However, you must be committed enough to your future in order to let go of the past. It is never easy and and it is likely to hut but it is for the best. Be thankful to those that did you wrong but pray for them because they unknowingly made you strong.

I will advice everyone out there that no matter how badly someone treats you, never drop down to their level. Remain calm, stay strong and walk away.

The bigger the challenges, the better the opportunities for growth

 

When life tries to put you down, do not say “why me” but be confident enough and say “try me”. Our plans do not always go as planned, why? Because God always has plans different from our own intentions. Talking from experience, life has tried to knock me down so many times, to the point where I questioned the purpose of my existence on this earth. However, the most important thing that made me realize my purpose was prayer. Trust me, prayer helps and even when you think God cannot hear you!.

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You need to take this into consideration

I have made decisions in life that i am not proud of until i realised mistakes make us who we are and help us grow every time. While we may encounter pain and hatred towards those that wrong us, we should always remember that Jesus paid the ultimate price to show us how much he loves us.
I listen to Kim walker’s “how he loves us” and this song makes me cry whenever i think about God’s mercy upon my life. I have hurt people in ways i cannot describe and been hurt by people who I thought loved me enough to do anything for me, until i realised that only God’s love is genuine.
Some people come into our lives as lessons while some come to stay. If you chase away every person that challenges you, then you will never grow enough to realize your full potential. Some people come into our lives to sharpen us because choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you are going to live your life.
Everyone in life faces challenges, it is a matter of how you learn how to overcome those challenges and use them to your advantage. The challenges we all face differ from each other or they may be similar although

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it is true.. life has a way of puling us down but God is in control

I have made decisions in life that i am not proud of until i realised mistakes make us who we are and help us grow every time. While we may encounter pain and hatred towards those that wrong us, we should always remember that Jesus paid the ultimate price to show us how much he loves us.

I listen to Kim walker’s “how he loves us” and this song makes me cry whenever i think about God’s mercy upon my life. I have hurt people in ways i cannot describe and been hurt by people who I thought loved me enough to do anything for me, until i realised that only God’s love is genuine.

Some people come into our lives as lessons while some come to stay. If you chase away every person that challenges you, then you will never grow enough to realize your full potential. Some people come into our lives to sharpen us because choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you are going to live your life.

Everyone in life faces challenges, it is a matter of how you learn how to overcome those challenges and use them to your advantage. The challenges we all face differ from each other or they may be similar, but what is important is how we tackle the challenges and help one another.

You can listen to “your love never fails by Jesus culture” whenever you feel like like is taking over your life because the love of the Lord never fails.

I hope this post helps someone out there and God bless.

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