We had the privilege of traveling Southern Africa with two inspirational Homeschool families. Their love for Geography, different communities, and the world’s natural wonders inspired me to rethink my global citizenship and how I embrace the future.
Here are a few lessons I learned from them:
1. “The more that you read, the more things you will know.” Dr. Seuss.
The children’s hungry eyes and minds enthused me. They literally read everything they could lie their hands on. Atlases, brochures, print outs of their own research and of course, a whole lot of audiobooks!
2. “The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!” Dr. Seuss
In my opinion, Geography is one of the most important subjects and traveling, the best way to teach it. It shows the important link between the natural and social sciences and I saw the children’s horizons broaden every time they encountered a different society or culture.
3. “Kid, you’ll move mountains!” Dr. Seuss
Travelling makes you aware of your interconnectedness with others. I experienced this on a dusty road in a remote part of Zambia. We came across local children playing soccer with a home-made ball of plastic bags and Jute. Together, they played the game of their lives and parted as friends.
Exposure to these kinds of experiences will make you realize that together, we can achieve so much more.
Our travels through Southern Africa with these Homeschool Families made me realize my responsibility towards our beautiful earth and its precious inhabitants.
I saw that exposure to Geography taught the children a deep respect for others as well as an appreciation for diversity.
So, harness the multitude of possibilities that Geography bids and I promise you’ll be off to great places!
By Mariska Ford.
Mariska Ford is a born and bred African with a consuming wanderlust. She is a daydreamer and passionate writer who is driven by her love for people and their unique stories. She runs her very own blog called 4Travellers. >> https://4travellers.co.za