© 2016, Janice S Ramkissoon.

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” 

-- William Arthur Ward

I spent my latter teen years and early adulthood in South London. Although I started out fearless, in those days, more often than not, fear would grip me as I walked the streets. It became a regular occurrence encountering alcoholics and those who engaged in drug dealing and prostitution.

Later, I would weep to see the young boys making light of their education, aspiring to be nothing more than drug dealers or the next in line to be someone’s ‘baby’s daddy’. 

All that was important to those young men was making quick ‘bucks’ by any means necessary. This way of life was so they could impress ladies with the type of cars they’d drive and the extravagant clothing and jewellery they would wear. That was what success looked like to them and they weren’t deterred by the high prison rates of their mates from drug related crimes or other criminal activities. 

​They lacked the necessary training to advance from childhood to adulthood in an emotionally, mentally or spiritually healthy way. Consequently, I would meet grown men who were mentally and emotionally immature—boys trapped in their adult bodies.


An effective leader doesn’t just tell others what to do or simply show them what to do—He or she works alongside those under their leadership as well as allow them to grow—calling out the leader in them. An effective leader sees the leader in others and empowers—helping them to recognise and utilise their leadership gifts. Such a leader labours, not just for his/her personal gain, but for the greater good of the people he/she leads. 

An effective leader inspires. This form of leadership is exactly what our homes and communities need to survive. We need more leaders who aren’t just there for power and fame but to pass on the knowledge and inspire another generation of leaders while encouraging and motivating along the way. 

Where there is order and clarity there is beauty to behold. I have witnessed order restored to the lives of some next generation leaders. The future looks a lot brighter with such leadership in the making. Unfortunately, many of us are allowing the media to control the way we think and as a result we fail to see the beauty before us. We constantly direct our focus on the darkness and bypass the light that is evident.

Rising From The Ashes 


Looking back on the start of the journey that brought us to the Origin graduation gave me a better understanding and a deep appreciation for the work that Paul (Pablo) Reid and the many mentors and supporters of Origin are engaged in; training up leaders of tomorrow. 

Although the program evolved as a ‘coming into manhood’ initiative it started off on a much wider outlook of caring for the needs of the youth in the community of which I was a recipient of such care. We were still in our youth with no concept of the vision that led to that Origin graduation. It was a celebration—a very proud moment for all concerned.

Only after starting my family and watching the process of bonding, disciplining, training/teaching and nurturing taking place with our son, that I really grasped the importance of the work of Origin (especially for young boys who grew up without the active involvement of a father in their lives). I saw the input of my husband in our son’s life and knew exactly why I struggled so much for the lack of a father in my life. 

Many saw the need in our community and turned a blind eye.  Some could only see the symptoms and passed judgment. Many more saw the need and responded with condemnation. Nevertheless, the vision was planted in one who believed that we all deserve an opportunity to reach our greatest potential. Others caught the vision and one became two and the multiplication process is still taking place a decade and a half later.

Many of our young men are behind bars today because they didn't have a mentor in their lives. Origin brought hope and today more of our young men are in employment because they took the time to care. Many of our mentors and mentees are recognising their true potential because a group of men cared enough to empower them. Those young men found leaders who told them they had greatness inside and showed them how to embrace the gift within them, giving them options and showed them a better way. 


“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” 
​William Arthur Ward

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” 
​William Arthur Ward