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PARENTING: During Xmas, I will work for the two weeks

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I do not talk about Canada to compare it to Uganda. Rather, I talk about some of the experiences to give examples to Uganda youth.

Cheeky Monkey Natasha flies home this coming Monday. I was video chatting with her about what we are gonna during her 2 weeks xmas break.

Imagine my shock. Kid replies “On Tuesday, I will be at work at 7am.

Natasha has been working at our local MacDonalds restaurant since she was age 16. She did the job during high school while in school and playing competitive sports. She did it full time during summer holidays.

The manager of the restaurant and the franchise owner trust this kid. They are also parents with their own kids in the same age group. MacDonalds pays minimum wage, which in our province of New Brunswick is I think $10.75/hr.

All employers in Canada must pay the legislated minimum in their province.

In most of the jobs which pay minimum wage, you will find kids as young as age 14 being paid the same as their colleagues who are 45 to 75yrs old for the same work.

Our system teaches kids at a very early age that if you do not stay in school, you will be age 75 and be earning the same income as a child who could be your grand child. The system works by encouraging real life.

Uganda needs to come up with a way to teach kids life skills from a very young age. By doing this, we will have more young people working hard and helping to shape the work place. We should consider the Junior Achievement (JA) model of The Economics Of Staying in School. Ja.org has a lot to teach us in Uganda.

MARTHA LEAH NANGALAMA
***Passionate about education and parenting.

—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: December 13, 2019 at 05:08PM

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