Oprah Openig a School in South Africa

United States
January 2, 2007 2:44pm CST
Today Oprah Winfrey opened a school for disadvantaged girls in South Africa. She hand picked 152 girls out of an application pool of more than 3,500 young girls. She said that her decision to build this school in South Africa rather than America was faced with much criticism. She also said that inner city kids just don't appreciate the value of a free education. Although Oprah has supplied the educational needs of many American children through her Oprah Winfrey Scholars Program, do you think that her building this school in South Africa and saying that inner city kids don't appreciate the value of a free education is a slap in the face to "inner city" Americans?
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@Meljep (1668)
• United States
3 Jan 07
It's hard to accept when a person makes a blanket statement of how a certain group of people does/doesn't act or behave themselves. There are certainly some inner city children who appreciate education and try to better themselves, but maybe she is looking at the whole picture. The school in South Africa is a wonderful idea. For all the bashing they recieve, Americans give more away to the world than any other country
@JoeyCa (1810)
• Belgium
3 Jan 07
Not entirely correct, 50% of all development aid comes out of the EU.
• United States
3 Jan 07
i think that is very nice. but what about the other children. 3,500 is a lot of kids and 152 isnt very many. South Africa needs schools more than America does. Cause they need to learn and american kids can go to school for little or no cost for low income families. she's right the kids her in the states dont appreciate education at all. they actually hate it. no it's not a slap in the face to inner city kids because they know they dont like school and really dont want to be there but have to be. the kids in south africa want to be in school they want to learn and they want to make a better life for themselves and maybe one day get into college in America. the kids here dont have to go through all that those kids do.
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@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
2 Jan 07
I am not sure where I stand on this one. On the one hand there are many hundreds of inner city youths who do appreciate "free" education and strive to do the very best they can and achieve scholarships to college's they would not be able to afford to attend otherwise. But then on the other hand you have those who never attend school or disrupt the school when they do. I think she should have chosen her words more wisely and with some more tact than she did. I for one applaud whole heartedly all that Oprah does. She makes a difference and that is not to be taken lightly.
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• United States
3 Jan 07
I think that is a great idea
• India
3 Jan 07
yes its a very good idea
@evlo173 (435)
• United States
3 Jan 07
well she has to do something useful with her money.
@lulylove (1561)
• Brazil
3 Jan 07
I think that the gesture of the Oprah was pretty and is this that has that to be evaluated. Therefore we cannot see if it goes to function or not, but yes to twist so that it functions and that the girls obtain to grow in the life. I believe that many times we forget the main objective the life that is to be happy.
• India
3 Jan 07
she is doing a nobel cause we need to support her
@anonvenu (402)
• India
3 Jan 07
I appreciate Oprah Winfrey's gesture to help poor kids. She is a nice lady who believes in giving back to the society. I really cannot comment on "inner city" American's and stuff because I am not an American. But if Oprah opines so I am inclined to agree with her.
@lulylove (1561)
• Brazil
3 Jan 07
I think as you and I believe that the gesture of the Oprah was pretty and is this that has that to be evaluated. Therefore we cannot see if it goes to function or not, but yes to twist so that it functions and that the girls obtain to grow in the life. I believe that many times we forget the main objective the life that is to be happy. This is that it matters.
@wahmoftwo (1298)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I don't think there is anything wrong with what she did. Even the innercity kids here in the states have a better shot than the vast majority of those in Africa. Just my personal opinion :)
@venshida (4839)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I agree with your post. The inner city American kids have tons more opportunity than those kids in Africa. They just need to apply themselves, and look for positive role models.
• United States
3 Jan 07
I believe we need to stop being so critical. If this is what Oprah believes then she has a right to her opinion. Do I agree with her statement about inner city youth. Yes. Some inner city youth would not appreciate an free education. Other would love one. I think it's a great thing for Oprah to open this school. Really, I believe Oprah could have opened 10 of these schools, with the amount of money she spends on her homes all over the world, she could probably funded 50 of these schools. I am a former inner city youth in my last year of college. When I graduate I will be about 20K in debt. I would have loved to have a free education. But I do think these kids in South Africa deserve it much more than I because without this school there might be no other way for them to attain an education. I had another way. Loans.
@wahmoftwo (1298)
• United States
3 Jan 07
That is so true. She is a billionaire. She can pretty much do whatever she wants. I want desperatly to get a college degree, but I have two kids and can't afford tuition. Sigh.....
• United States
2 Feb 07
Oprah is such a nice woman. She has the right to choose what she wants to do with her money. It's her life. People who are touched by her generosity should feel lucky. Perhaps it's a slap in the face to the inner city Americans because while the education is free, they do not do their best to succeed in life. As you probably know, not a lot of Americans go to college. A lot weren't even college bound in high school. Sometimes it's true that the hungrier the person, the more they strive to make a change in their lives.
@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
2 Feb 07
It's hard for me to say, as I am not too familiar with inner city schools in America. As an initial response, I would say that Oprah opening a free school in South Africa is a good thing. Many people say that "charity begins at home", but I don't necessarily agree with that philosophy. I do think we have a moral obligation to help other countries, if only for our own political stability. But I guess if it's at the expense of children in one owns country, then there is a social problem to be addressed. A good topic to bring up.
@tooblue (143)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I think its a wake up call.. I can understand this because alot of my family was born and raised in a different country. I myself, for a time, was as well, and SOME not all (I dont want anyone to get too offended), Americans do take thier privliges for granted. Some people in other country's would kill to go to school for free. I think that SOME people, should try harder not to take thier blessings for granted.
@mikaghi (389)
• United States
3 Jan 07
africa needs more help than america. america is richest country in the world, they have the resources and can manage on their won. but africa is still developing. i support oprah.
@venshida (4839)
• United States
3 Jan 07
No, its not her perception of inner city schools are for the most part true. There are lot of inner city kids who do not see the value of education. They look up to the rap artist, and athletes type. I say hooray to Oprah. Africa needs every help it can get.
@disvachic (10125)
• United States
3 Jan 07
oprah - oprah winfrey
Oprah is a wonderful woman and i think she feels that the children in south africa are in need more than the children in america.Like they say some are living in shacks and using candles as lights and have no running water but are making straight A's. That is her opinion and the lady is entitled to do what she wants with her money.
@atreyasa (79)
• India
3 Jan 07
good work
@sagarbx (732)
• India
3 Jan 07
i m happy to hear this news to open a school in south africa.............................
• India
3 Jan 07
I encourage her decission quite a lot. she jas taken a very good decision . because it is the poor and dis advantaged who can get the utmost benifit of school education. a rich country like america can do every thing from govt funds but a poor country like africa need such voluntery help and support to solve such problems.
• United States
3 Jan 07
I saw this on tv this morning. I think the South African children probably appreciate it more just because they can't always have what we have. It broke my heart to hear about some of these girls and their families. She still helps people out in America but I think what she is doing is wonderful. That way these children can get an education that they wouldn't have been able to get without Oprah's help.
3 Jan 07
this just proves opera is a good women. she really does care about poor children. their are celebrities you feel that help under priveleged children just to get abit of press to make them look good, but with opera you feel different, you feel like sje is doing this because she really cares.
@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
3 Jan 07
I think the remark was insensitive on Oprah's part. However, I do support her decision to open this school especially as it is for girls.