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Video September 6, 2022

Hafsat Abdullahi, Nigeria - #YouthActOnEDU Spoken Word Winner

Closed captions available in English, French, and Portuguese. Click “CC” on the player. Youth from Western and Central Africa were invited to send videos reciting their original poems about education to create awareness and engage in the discussion about ending learning poverty.

On These Streets by Hafsat Abdullahi

I grew up on these streets
And here on these streets
We have dreams and aspirations making innovations in devil's workshops

Here, hunger is the drive, we only thrive to survive
Here on these streets, education is key
But what good a key when there are no doors for the poor?

We dream dreams, because dreams are free,
But reality has a fee
You need teachers, You need books,
You need to cook ideas that are off the hook

You need an unbreakable mindset that screams “I can”
You need a plan and discipline tough enough to withstand
the wind that comes with the desire to win on these streets

You need uniforms, you need to fit in to be seen
You need thick-skin strong enough to block even bullets or the blaring scorn from your brother’s grin
Each time you dare to try to fly without wings

Again, and again till you break down with realization
that motivation can never equal education
For what good a fertile ground if there no seeds to grow?
And what good a seed if it never grows?