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The price and grades in my Informal School

Happy Easter to peeps once more. If you don’t celebrate it, you still can smile at and for those who do right?

Ok, I own to two things now. That I am a lousy classroom student, and that part of the title for this post was inspired by my dear Timi’s post on the Price of Shame.

At last I made it to Charlesroi
At last I made it to Charlesroi

I know quite some, who never went or completed formal school, but who had such wisdom and knowledge beyond measure. That is definitely from informal school!

I love it in informal school, above all the bell for school doesn’t ring as loud 🙂 and there are no school uniforms – hmm even bikinis are allowed 🙂

I know formal school is very important especially in today’s world, but we should not fail to take informal school seriously. A whole lot of life’s most precious lessons are learnt and taught there – and I admitted as much recently when I miraculously clocked 36.

The price may not be measurable in monetary value, and to that extend to me, it’s simply ‘priceless’. For all my years a mixed emotions pupil (yes I am yet to even graduate to a higher level), I have had to put up or down, a much more or less payment for some courses. Yet I love that school where there is no headmaster, headboy, nor formal sitting arrangements. You can even take lessons while sleeping or walking!

The grades are administered self-service during the buffet! You grade yourself! Wow! I have rated myself differently at various stages of life, but today I grade myself a very good pupil who just has to work harder and can do much better!

Fortunately, I have a very special someone who watches and guides me. I call him my ALMIGHTY FATHER! You can call him whatever you want, or not at all. I equally have some special Angels too, and lots of friends and dear family to cheer me on!

In my informal school, I so love the lessons on perseverance, never giving up, endurance, tests and trials, Faith and Folly, and Laughter the best medecine. And of course the counting your blessings sports class. There are very pain in the ass lessons too though, like on discipline yourself, count to 100 before you speak, and am sure we all can list more…

My nick or brand name I choose there is MerryMarie, and this replaces Ayobebe. That was for nursrey class.

Dear all, spring is here. Easter is here. There is life, there is hope. I had the privilege once more to tap from one of those who have made it to a far more advanced class in my informal school this weekend, and from a city (Charlesroi in Belgium) I had been looking so forward to visiting. And oh my, I also had done very well in the Listen twice before you speak class. Especially when in the midst of such people, I listen and listen and listen!

I wish for us all to start or continue paying much and deserving attention to our attendance and progress in informal school. I have come to conclude that I decide how much I pay, and which grades I give myself. Oh such a school where you can be pupil, headboy and headmaster? Am all for it, and you?


Marie Angele Abanga (simplified to Marie Abanga) aka MAG likes to describe herself as a “Jacqueline of several trades”. She is an everyday woman and mother with a zigzag profile. Let’s give it a try! She is an Activist, an Author, a Coach, a Consultant, a Feminist, a Lawyer, a Lecturer, a Prince 2 Project Manager, a Psychotherapist, a Philanthropist, a minister of the Word of God and...! She just loves to sum it up by saying she is a person of passions and a tale of talents. Her life’s journey has filled over 6 books already and her three musketeers keep her busy at home. MAG is also the founder and CEO of the association Hope for the Abused and Battered, and the Country Director of the Gabriel Bebonbechem Foundation for Epilepsy & Mental wellbeing. The plethora of life's experiences and shenanigans she has lived through and learned from in near 4 decades of existence, have equipped her with such an arsenal to coach, train and motivate just any and everyone. She is so charismatic, dynamic and full of life, going by her designed mantra of 3Ds: Determination; Discipline and Dedication. These sum her+her quest to be the best version of herself and impact others perfectly. She attributes all her wealth of knowledge to her conscientious attendance of both informal and formal school.

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