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Voice for Change

Change and progress go hand in hand. We face a lot of obstacles in trying to create change in our different communities. Coming closer to home, fear of the unknown is one of the things which are a barrier to change. People are much safer to be in their comfort zones hence they do not accept change. The other thing is resistance to change. In communities this is a barrier in the sense that people want everything done the way it had always been done before. Inferiority complex is also making change for the better difficult. Some people maybe because of the so called names given to them or what they society made them to believe about themselves feel that they are lesser creatures. They feel that there are people who are better than them and hence they cannot be seen as the change makers. Lack of communication is a huge hindering block. It casts so many shadows of doubt, uncertainties and it creates confusion which makes people not to believe in a newly adopted idea no matter how good. Prejudice is also a contributing factor. We have people who are looked down upon just because of where they come from or their religion. These people might be a force to reckon when it comes to managing change in communities but they are left out or their ideas are not taken to the next level just because they are the ones who suggested for a particular change. In Africa, the major enemy where change is concerned is illiteracy. Imagine tiring to be at the same level of thinking with someone, trying to help the person read and other things. There is a lot of illiteracy and this is hindering change. Someone may not even be able to read a simple written pamphlet or let alone sign for a good cause.
These barriers are a milestone but can be overcome. The most important thing to do is communicate changes in a clear and concise way. Clear lines of communication must be left open and people are supposed to contribute their ideas without fear of prejudice. This can be achieved by forming groups for a certain cause and let those in the community who know how best to deal with that situation solve it by asking a simple question and start an ideas sharing conversation. I would also try to solve community issues with peers in my locality since we understand the problems better by virtue of us being on the ground. Socialize, socialize and identify needy areas through socialization.
With the mushrooming of so many internet cafes and cell phone which have access to internet growing everyday and hopefully packages from the service providers for such services the use of Pulse Wire is a promising one. This opens doors for creating dialogue, learning languages first hand from the native speakers, social net work debates where everyone will be commenting, exchanging photos and others. All this is really plus for pulse wire.

Comments

Kathleen Abood's picture

Change and Progress

Your ability to describe how many ways we face resistance to change helps us all to see our shared struggle more clearly. First we must overcome our own fears and find our voice again, or for the first time. Thank you for bringing us closer to your home.

Kathleen Abood

bnyongani's picture

Hi

thank a lot Kathleen for your listening. Its always a pleasure knowing that people are lisstening to my voice. Thanks a million times for the inspiration.

Keep on listening.

aphroditezw

bnyongani's picture

Hi

thank a lot Kathleen for your listening. Its always a pleasure knowing that people are lisstening to my voice. Thanks a million times for the inspiration.

Keep on listening.

aphroditezw

Julie Tomlin's picture

Dear Bnyongani,

Thank you for writing so clearly about the resistance to change that you encounter. I think you are absolutely right to focus on the increased use of mobile phones to enable greater access to the web. And by engaging in social media now you will be well placed to encourage other women in its use.

Yours,
Julie

@julietomlin

ruth_terry's picture

Listener Feedback

Hi Bnyongani,

I am one of your Listeners for this week. You are right that fear is a huge obstacle to change. I am interested to hear more about how people are responding to literacy efforts. This seems like such a positive thing; are you finding that people do not want this change?

I liked your ideas at the end of your essay. It is exciting to think of new literates having access to the Internet and being so close to having their voices heard around the world!

"A writer’s job is to tell stories that connect readers to all the people on earth... Passionate and well-articulated ideas can and do change the world." ~~Mary Pipher

bnyongani's picture

Thank You

Thank you so much Mary. It is true that they really need the technology. We hope for the best.

aphroditezw

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