‘Stones into Schools’ by Greg Mortenson
Greg Mortenson is the author of Three Cups of Tea and this new book picks up where the first left off. I’m so glad Mortenson has continued his writing but with the overwhelming success of Three Cups of Tea, i’m not surprised. He has been an inspiration to me for his relentless work and unwavering ethic for hard work.
‘Stones into Schools’ is a personal account of Greg’s missions to educate the children of Afghanistan; particularly girls, through building schools and specific literacy plans. Quite frankly, Mortenson is a selfless man and I’m quite ashamed at how naive I am to the plight of these children who, through no fault of their own have no access to education and without Greg’s help would have gone on to live uneducated and worthless lives.
Through his overwhelming desire for change and his heartfelt attitude towards everyone he met, Greg did change the world and actually made it a little bit better.
If you haven’t read Three Cups of Tea, do so; it’s quite integral to this new story and will give you a little understanding towards Greg’s feelings. However there is a little recap of the original story at the front of this book.
Written in first person narrative, the book is undoubtedly inspirational but it’s not without its politics and terrifying moments including a kidnapping by the Taliban which shows just how much Greg risked for these children.
This book will show us that change is tangible, it’s right there if we make the effort, but it also highlights the ongoing problems and abhorrent situations some of these children and indeed adults are in and we must continue on a path of change, because without education we cannot evolve, let alone survive and I wholeheartedly agree that every child in this world is entitled to an education. Why can one child be taught about how the universe was created and not another? Each child, like ourselves has the chance to change the world, but we are responsible for giving them that opportunity through our own existing wealth of knowledge and indeed, our wealth.
Read this book, be inspired, never forget how priviledged some children are and how reading and literacy skills are fundamental to our society and growth. A truly heartwarming, terrifying and shocking book.
Greg Mortenson is my hero and I think it’s safe to assume he is the hero of a lot of people out in Afghanistan. Who is yours?