I placed the torch on a classroom desk, pointing upwards.
I then asked the learners: “Right, is the desk giving the torch its light?” The response was “No.”
“Am I, the ‘important’ teacher, giving the torch the power to shine?” No, again.
“Is the learner closest to the torch giving it the power to shine?” No.
“Is all of your joint power giving the torch the power to shine?” No.
And so on with regards to sunlight, chairs, etc, depending on the level of the learners.
“Ok, so none of this is giving the torch the power to shine. So what is then?”
“Ah, ma’am, it’s the batteries! The batteries are giving it its power!”
“Correct! You are like this torch boys and girls. I am not going to make you shine, I can’t give you the power to shine, you have to do it on your own. Your parents can’t, your friends can’t, you have to choose to use your own batteries to shine. You have to find good things to charge your batteries with so that your light can shine bright and strong, no matter what darkness comes along.”
The voices were quiet, but the eyes showed me they got it, some seniors even let out a huge breath and gave a “Sh-oe”…
I carried on. I turned the torch off and asked them what was happening. “The light is off Ma’am.”
I turned it on, “And now?”
“It’s on Ma’am.”
I repeated this a few times.
Then I concluded with: “Some of you are walking around completely switched off, please stop it. Please choose to charge your batteries in good places, on good energy and turn your light on: be aware, find the joy inside you, find the creativity, responsibility and awesomeness that live inside you and please choose to let them shine out to light up your lives and the lives of others. Please choose to walk around switched on.”