One of my old friends from back then occasionally teases me about the fact that the first time he heard the word ‘allergic’, it was from me. When asked by a teacher why I had a plastic chair as opposed to the rest of the class that had metallic chairs, I told the teacher that I was allergic to the metal. I particularly remember in P7 when in preparation for our PLE, the headmaster took our class through an English Course called 100 Exercises in English. In my year, because I knew all the answers to the questions, I was only allowed to answer a question if the entire class failed to get it right. Because I was able to express myself freely in English, I won a debate competition and the then Minister of Education , Amanya Mushega while presiding over the award giving ceremony asked me what I wanted to be in future. “A lawyer,” I answered. My father who was in the audience later held me to my words and made sure I went to Law School and graduated as a lawyer.
I can proudly say that for me, learning how to read changed my life. Indeed, words change the world. They changed mine, they can change yours too.