As a network of older women advocating for the human rights of African grandmothers, we have always been guided by the African philosophy of ubuntu. Ubuntu defines what it means to be truly human: we affirm our own humanity when we acknowledge the full humanity of others. The ubuntu principles of dignity, respect, empathy, caring, sharing, and compassion are more needed than ever in these unprecedented times.
Education and training for their grandchildren and themselves is a top priority for African grandmothers raising young people orphaned by AIDS. And yet this basic right is so often denied. GRAN is relentless in its efforts to remind Canada and the international community that quality education must be available to all, especially to the poorest and most vulnerable.