Friday, May 29th, 2014 Blogpost 7

Here is an interesting fact to consider: every year I get older, so do you. So do all the people in Asia, in North America, in India… you get it, time moves on and populations age. Now, if we think about our working lives, say between the ages of 15 and 64 (that’s an average around the world), what will happen in 30 years time? About half the people who are working age now in China will be retired. The same goes for India. Japan is already there and North America and Europe are right behind. In fact, the largest population of working age people will be in Africa! That means that the kids who are in school right now will be in the middle of their working lives by 2044. From this group will come the leaders of tomorrow, the managers, the professionals, the builders, the makers. This is the scale of responsibility we all must share. This is why education is so important, especially here in Africa. (For more facts and figures on Africa see The Mo Ibrahim Foundation, particularly  http://www.moibrahimfoundation.org/downloads/2013/2013-facts-and-figures.pdf)

Chorus:

Kenya is your land,

Kenya is my land,

From Mombasa to the Maasai Mara

From Mount Kenya to Mount Elgon.

This land is made for you and me!

Verse 1:

As I was walking that ribbon of highway

I saw above me the open skyway.

I saw below me the golden savannah.

This land is made for you and me!

Chorus

Verse 2:

I’ve roamed and rambled and followed my footsteps

From the tea plantations to the dwindling forest.

I’ve gazed with wonder at the mighty acacias.

This land is made for you and me!

Chorus

Verse 3:

I’ve met the children and the teachers

At Male and Irbaan Primary

And also Agano Junior Academy.

These are the Kenyans who touch our hearts!