I admit it. Most of my posts are about education issues.
This is because I have a real passion about making a difference to young people’s lives.
My particular specialism is to do with brokering knowledge between those who extend it and those who apply this new knowledge to the real world. I’ve said before that I think teachers are like knowledge brokers, but sadly I don’t think I would make a very good one.
Someone else who has a real passion about education spoke on Friday in a clear, erudite manner to a hall full of international elders. You could say the tables were turned. She is sixteen year old Malala Yousafzai and her words were striking. She wants every child on the planet to have access to an education. This is particularly difficult in parts of Africa.
Malala reminds me of an inspirational global figure from that troubled continent, who will celebrate his 95th birthday this week, assuming his declining health will permit this. He is Nelson Mandela and he won the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize.
Malala would be a worthy recipient of this honour 20 years later – we will know in October.