New Book Explores the Adage ‘It Takes a Village to Raise a Child’
Seybou knows first hand the benefits of being taught by one’s grandparent. A native of Niger, Seybou learned many life lessons from his paternal grandmother, Bori. “She knew our genealogy by heart,” Seybou recalls. “She also knew the links that united our different families. Moreover, she knew the medicinal properties of plants and trees in the area.” The lessons Seybou’s grandmother taught him where often in the form of parables. At the conclusion of a memorable parable about a poor man wallowing in self-pity, his grandmother stated, “If someone tells you that he has no shoes, tell him that there are some who have no feet.”
In Fabric of an Education, Seybou also shows the transformative power of education on cultural norms. In response to the fact that a number of cultures do not condone the educating of girls, Seybou explains the importance of education for all members of a community and how a community is strengthened as a result. While many Islamic communities forgo the education of its daughters in favor of arranged marriages, Seybou hopes Fabric of an Education marks the beginning of overturning this norm. He writes:
This work gives the readers an opportunity to acquire a better understanding of the negative consequences a precocious marriage, as well as early clandestine sexual relations, could have on young women.
Fabric of an Education is an intriguing read for educators and students alike.
About the Author
Boureima Seyni Seybou was born in a small village in the country of Niger. He moved to the United States in 2004, where he would later meet his wife. Fabric of an Education is his first book.
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