Welcome to SHLC’s second in a series of three podcasts, which explore how where and when people go to school profoundly shapes their childhood experiences, and potentially impacts on their life choices and chances.

In this podcast, some of SHLC’s project colleagues from around the world share some fascinating stories with our host – Michele Schweisfurth – detailing how choices, luck and sometimes wrong turns shaped their educational and professional opportunities:

  • Mario Delos Reyes, University of the Philippines – shares his schooling experience in which his father’s humble job as a janitor afforded him the opportunity to attend an elite private school, and the associated difficulties of being poor in an elite world
  • Josephine Malonza, University of Rwanda – reflects on how her school teacher parents instilled in her the importance of education, and how her competitive streak motivated her to work hard for success, particularly as a girl in a boy’s world
  • Jen McArthur and Gail Wilson, University of Glasgow – reflect on their experiences of schooling in towns near Glasgow in Scotland, in which they’re thankful for the equality of opportunity within their respective schools
  • Irene Moshi, Ifakara Health Institute – shares her experience of schooling in Tanzania, and how cultural and political norms together with family intervention influenced her educational opportunities and development
  • Amin Kamete, University of Glasgow – shares memories of how the education afforded to him as the son of farm labourers in Zimbabwe didn’t prevent his educational development, as through the dedication of teachers, his parents’ faith in education and his own determination, ambition and curiosity he strived for educational success

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