Branches, leaves, corrugated plastic, and a bit of cloth provided the shade from the 106 degree Burkina Faso sunshine. Pastor Pawentaore’, sitting on a fairly rickety bench, casually gave keen insight into learning.
“Everyday I go to four Universities. The first is the University of the Eyes. Everyday I will see something from which I can learn many things. Then I attend the University of Hearing. When I listen closely, everyday I will hear something with seeds of learning and wisdom within. My third school of higher learning is the University of Taste. If I allow my sense of taste, it will teach me things I have never yet known. The University of Touch is my fourth learning opportunity. The lessons touch can teach are beyond number. So everyday I seek to learn from my eyes, ears, mouth, and skin.”
“Pastor Pawentaore, that is excellent!” I said. “An old man, in a small Burkina Faso village told me that story when we were talking about the fact that he never had access to a formal school education.”
Enjoy your university training today.