Future Leader is Inspired to Change the World
Amina, 10-years-old, Math Level K, Reading Level K
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai
10-year-old Amina dreams of world peace. A world where there’s no war, poverty, or orphans. A world where there’s justice and equal opportunity for education, no matter your race or gender. Amina’s passion for changing the world is at the root of Kumon’s mission.
“By discovering the potential of each individual and developing his or her ability to the maximum, we aim to foster sound, capable people and thus contribute to the global community.”- Toru Kumon
Amina wants to influence change, just as her role model Malala Yousafzai has done.
Being an avid reader, Amina first discovered Malala Yousafzai’s story through reading her memoir, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education. Yousafzai is an activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate.
Her story became a beacon of hope for many, including Amina. She was so moved by Yousafzai’s story that she knew she wanted to be a part of the change as well. Amina has her sights set on becoming the future Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada.
“The most beneficial thing I’ve learned in Kumon is perseverance,” said Amina. “Nothing will ever be easy, and practice makes perfect. Without perseverance, I would have never become the strong individual I am now. Kumon has helped me overcome many challenges and has helped me believe that I can become the best version of myself.”
Amina’s journey in Kumon began when she was just 6-years-old. She has since made remarkable strides and has gained an academic edge over her peers. Her achievements are a true testament to her hard work and perseverance. In the Kumon Reading Program, she can say she has already analyzed pieces of literature that are typically covered in high school, like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In the Kumon Math Program, she is currently working above grade level on algebraic concepts like quadratic and linear functions.
With Amina’s boost in confidence from Kumon, she tackles challenges head on with a “Yes, I can do it” attitude. Outside of the classroom, she isn’t afraid to try anything, especially when it comes to competition. Amina has developed a love for gymnastics and has taken her abilities to the competitive level. It’s no surprise that Amina has caught the attention of judges as she has walked off with several medals and ribbons.
When we asked Amina what her key to success is, she said, “Staying focused helps me achieve my goals efficiently and effectively – no matter what I am doing.” Already on the path to success, she will be able to achieve her goals as a future leader, and influence positive change around the world.
Amina’s hard work and discipline didn’t go unnoticed, as she was one of 55 students selected to attend the 2018 Kumon Student Conference in Calgary, Canada. We had the opportunity to speak to Amina about her Kumon journey.
How has Kumon helped you inside of the classroom?
The Kumon Math Program has put me ahead of my peers since I’ve already worked on many of the concepts being covered in school. I can work independently on challenging equations. My teacher has given me the privilege to help mark my classmates’ school work and help them with their math when needed. The Kumon Reading Program has expanded my vocabulary and I can easily summarize long reading passages. This really benefits me when we are reading novels in school.
How has Kumon helped you outside of the classroom?
Kumon has improved my focus and staying focused is extremely important no matter what I am doing. I have learned if I stay on task with completing my work on time, I can better balance my busy schedule.
What is the most beneficial thing you’ve learned in Kumon?
My Instructor Jenny taught me that by doing a little bit of work each day, it will make a huge difference in the long run.
If you could sum up your Kumon experience in one word, what would it be?
What did it mean to you attending the Student Conference?
It was such an honor to attend the Student Conference and learn from other Kumon Students. The experience was truly inspirational, and it encouraged me to work even harder, achieve higher, and challenge more. One day I would like to be one of the student speakers so I can motivate other Kumon Students.
What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?
If you are working on a challenging level, remember that a Kumon Program completer was once in your shoes. With their hard work, they kept going and were able to achieve greatness.