Opening the Doors of Educational Opportunity
By Christopher Frost
For us Phi Kappa Phi members, the love of learning not only rules humanity, as our motto essentially goes, but also opens “the doors of opportunity to all of God’s
children,” as Martin Luther King, Jr., put it in his “I Have a
Dream” speech at the March on Washington in August 1963.
These photographs I took in June 2010 capture this dual imperative: San Diego State University students perform international service learning for the Mnyakongo Primary School
in Kongwa, Tanzania, an impoverished village of less than
12,000 people. A 2011 Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant and the
SDSU chapter underwrote part of this multi-phased initiative,
now in its third year. Outreach so far includes building a
school library and stocking it with more than 7,000 books in
English and 1,500 in Swahili; helping secure electricity and
running water for the campus; and buying goats to provide
milk for the school lunch program.
Uniformed schoolchildren watch a skit about the
benefits of education.
Christopher Frost (former Western Regional Representative
on the national level and former sDsu chapter president) has
taken photographs for 30 years, publishing them in quarterly
editions of Texas Books in Review, in his scholarly book,
Moral Cruelty: Ameaning and the Justification of Harm (university
Press of America, 2004), on various humanitarian websites,
and for campus purposes and campus art exhibitions. Frost is
the academic dean of the school of Arts and sciences at the Long Island campus
of st. Joseph’s College of New York. A prolific author whose academic work also
includes Simone Weil: On Politics, Religion and Society (sage Publications, 1998),
he earned degrees from baylor university (b.A. in the psychology of religion) and
boston university (M.A. in the psychology of religion and Ph.D. in psychology and
interdisciplinary studies). Email him at email@example.com.
Two friends hold hands to explore the
possibilities of formal education.
Children play an educational game with SDSU
student and Phi Kappa Phi member Milada