Tag Archives: Sharing


In the last newsletter, we defined education as a start to a series about education. The main definition we highlighted was: Education is about acquiring knowledge. Education is about gaining an understanding. Education is about getting instructions, guidance. Before going any further, we would love to hear from you about YOUR definition, view and/or understanding of EDUCATION…… Read More »

Why do we need to be on the ground? Part 7- Demonstration (Continued)

We already mentioned the need that most of us have to learn through visual aid, more importantly through demonstration. A lot of people cannot learn through a book or written instructions. We often need/want visual aids. Think about the booming of step-by-step photo-instructions on the internet, and even more about the ever increasing numbers of… Read More »

Community Challenge: Being a community…

One of my guiding principle is that we work better together than alone – as we say in French “L’union fait la force” (Together we are stronger). And one of the pillar of Bee the Solution is that communities can help themselves. One of the “issues” that I did find sometimes (often…) is a lack of unity… Read More »

Why do we need to be on the ground? Part 6 – Gathering more meaningful information

or Being an ethnographer When we are in the field for a while, we have a different perspective than when just “come and go” for a short period of time. We also have more discussions, and, after some time, the outcome of those discussions are often different to the ones we get the first time.… Read More »

What is Education?

“The most common forms of education result from years of schooling that incorporates studies of a variety of subjects.”(Business Dictionary) When talking about education, the first thing that comes to mind is school education. But altogether, what is Education? It is much wider than “just” schooling. The general definition from the Business Dictionary does help see… Read More »

First rules of….

First Rules of adaption/integration through language  I move a lot around Southern/Eastern Africa. I come across a lot of different cultures. And with the culture also come different languages… While English is an official language in all the countries I am staying in, this is still not the home language of the majority of people.… Read More »

Why do we need to be on the ground? Part 4 – Communication

Beside lines of communications, another aspect of communicating is linked to verbal and non-verbal expressions. On the verbal communication, the language that I communicate with is English (all countries I am going to are English-speaking countries). While English is the official language, very few people speak English as their native language… and there is a… Read More »

CBO Challenge: Good Will and Effort

Money is always an issue… regardless of the scale of an NGO, money is one of the sore point (well, the same goes for everything we do…). So whether we are talking of a big-recognised-international NGO, a small-new-local NGO/CBO, or anything in between, access to funding is a necessity. But not for everything… one of… Read More »

Be grateful for what you have…

Be grateful for what you have… … not longing for what you don’t. This might sound cheesy, one of those saying that we know but don’t really pay attention to. One that we tell the kids to keep them quiet when they want something and we don’t want to get it/buy it for them. But… Read More »

Why do we need to be on the ground? Part 2 – Experience

One thing that we will never replace is the hands-on experience of life. We can read what we want, listen to people, watch documentaries or spend 2 weeks holidays, we will never fully comprehend how it is to live in certain settings. How is it to not have a tab to get water, no electricity… Read More »