I began raising my children as entrepreneurs when they were in primary school, giving them their own bank accounts, paying them allowances and letting them purchase their own clothes, toiletries and social activities. This life skill later saved our lives when we lost their father’s income and they had to find jobs to maintain their standard of living and we could enter into one financial negotiation after another. They were able to get jobs I could not get and I had the credibility of adulthood they did not have so we combined these in making transactions with each other so that we could do what we wanted even under extremely difficult circumstances. Sadly, in their father’s home, from my perspective, they are treated like pets: Be loyal to us and we will reward you, how we want and when or if we want. Nevertheless, my children enjoy a fair weather friendship with their father, in my opinion, and my teaching them to be entrepreneurs has earned me a j.o.b.! I am now a self-employed teacher of entrepreneurship, registered with the New Zealand Teacher’s Council (Education Council). I left a high profile career in Namibia to immigrate to New Zealand primarily to give my children the future I believed that I could not provide to them in Africa. My former colleagues back in Namibia are now top dogs and cats; had I stayed there, who knows, with my political flair, I could have been the Minister of Education (and Culture, Youth & Sport). I have no regrets though as I know that my immigrating to New Zealand, bringing with me a new societal culture, a new economic structure and a new definition of justice, is to lead those who want to follow the dawning of a new horizon!
|SUSANNA SUSARA KRUGER||
Author, Speaker, Educator & Entrepreneur