Youth gaining Clarity

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

-Nelson Mandela

These words from Nelson Mandela are so in line with what inspired my long involvement & engagement in the educational and lifelong learning fields.                                                       

For the past 25 years, I have engaged in work which aims to have the youth gain clarity and certainty when it comes to the decisions they make around their academic choices, study options and career pathways. Empowering them not to settle for anything less other than a way of living that meets their values, fills their hearts and honours them.

My dedication and commitment to this cause, is wildly supported by a gained awareness that real transformation (at both a personal as well as a more collective level) does not come only through learning skills or even practicing the use of those skills from time to time. Ultimately, that great shift, that big change, comes from the creation of fresh mindsets and from cultivating mentalities which have people passionate and determined to make a difference in the lives of others, as they live fully themselves.

This I say because although the availability of educational resources, learning opportunities and academic programs & courses – in the experiential education field as well, is abundant in this part of the world at least, this does not seem to make it any easier when it comes to selecting and making choices, or considering which route of action to follow. On the contrary, decision making on one’s future and on what to focus on, seems to have become complex. And in my experience, it makes the whole process a daunting task, with an emotional impact on both students and parents.

Offering any kind of education to their children, whether that is academic or vocational or after-hours activity, seems to be for many parents the best gift they can offer their youngsters. As is any support they can provide that will make their children’s learning journey and preparation for university and the employment market, as smooth as possible.

At the same time, I have seen it be a constant concern and cause for stress for both, with many questions circling inside their head, such as:

  • is academic education enough?
  • how can my child be well prepared for university entry?
  • do extra-curriculum activities count?
  • is there certainty that a degree will lead to successful employment?
  • are employers looking for something additional from graduates?
  • what does the future entail?
  • will my child be happy and secure in their life?

In most cases, this great mixture of thoughts, agonizing conversations with other peers or other parents & teachers, school performance, a demanding time schedule, pressure from society or deep-rooted beliefs, all can metaphorically be depicted like an untangled ball of yarn, that sits comfortably in either party’s mind.

For students it can be a concealed mega-anxiety to perform and meet up to expectations, for parents, a carefully veiled yearning to pave the way for their off-springs as best as they can.

Sounds familiar?

I can help you disentangle that ball of yarn! I have done it for thousands of students and their parents in the past 25 years! I can do it for you too! Get in touch!

Love,

Marlene 🌻

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