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[Global Conversations] Dream Parenting: How parents in low income setups nurture their kids' dreams.

Parents actively involved in their kids upbringing get a chance to nurture and be part of their kids' world. Beyond imagination, the right investments and emotional support are enablers to dream spaces for kids.

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This story was submitted by mobile phone from the Ibuti village of the Kibedya ward, Gairo district Morogoro Tanzania as part of the Amplify program's, Global Conversations project, an effort to extend the reach of this challenge to communities without reliable access to the internet.
The content below was submitted in response to a weekly Radio show on Abood FM about Hopes and Dreams of children in the community. It was originally recorded in Swahili and then translated into English and posted by local volunteers.
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What are your first reactions to today’s discussion, skit and question? Is this important to you?
This issue has a lot of importance to me and my children, and I will work hard to achieve the dreams of my children so that they may be able to nurture their talents till they are adults.
Tell us one example from your community of someone who has tried to solve this challenge. Who is it? What did they do? What is their contribution to the community?
One example that is subject of debate in a group is the example of Mama Jane whose child completed grade 7 and is expecting to study tailoring because that was her dream.
Question : How did today’s discussion go? What did people in the group agree on and disagree on? 
Today's debate was good. When a conversations is brought into perspective and context, parents and care givers feel welcomed to join in and share what they feel concerning the direction on their kids future. Communities are excellent sources of support torwards dream "incubation and hatching."  Just like an egg's dreams have to be protected till the are warm enough to hatch.

How might communities be encouraged to talk and share their kids dreams and be curious enough to find out what inspires this line of thought in their kids?
We welcome comments from the OpenIDEO community below. Some of your comments below may be translated, recorded and shared back with the person who submitted this story. 


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Hi my name is Susuma Msikula Susuma, from Arusha Tanzania. I real like the story shared by Mama Jane. I have been in the Ibuti village, I know children in that village and Morogoro region in general most of them won't go for secondary school after finish primary school. Sometimes parents are economically able to take them to secondary studies but they mostly like to engage in business early age and migrating to town, which was not their dreams.
How parents should do to let their children think big? What should be done for children to like studying up to secondary and college levels?

Photo of Amkeni Ibuti Village, Tanzania [Global Conversations]

halo susuma,
am glad that you are familiar with "the state of things" in Ibuti Village, thanks for revealing more information on what is going on in these village setups.

How might parents encourage their kids to dream big?

True Susuma, Why aint kids dreaming big enough to think of secondary and college level education and beyond?

Do we have college and university students, graduates and successful mentors who share their stories and inspire the young to take an extra step?

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Hi my name is Luisa Covaria. I am from Colombia but live in San Francisco. I am part of the OpenIDEO team and visited other community listening groups earlier this month.

During our visit with different communities in Tanzania we heard a lot of similar stories to this one. Parents want to encourage the dreams of their children. Most parents are really interested in having their children complete school, but we heard that often kids drop out of school. We heard one story about a kid who dreamed to be a business man. He sold candies to his peers in primary school. He finally dropped out of school and started his own shop. His father wan't happy but now he is OK with the idea since he can provide for his family.
Did Mama Jane's daughter drop out of school?
What does Mama Jane think about this?
Is being a tailor enough income to support Mama Jane's daughter's necessities?

Photo of Amkeni Ibuti Village, Tanzania [Global Conversations]

Halo Luisa,
The friction between child and parent over the direction to go with their dreams is a matter of concern.

What influences these kids to drop out of school?

Do they see school as a "no value add" to shaping their dreams?

How might we encourage schooling as a dream shaper and an entry point to dream actualization?