I Want to Be an Airline Pilot

1. Shema found it easier to walk home with his heavy jerry can of water when he had a friend to walk with him. Do you find hard tasks are easier to do if you have someone with you? Can you give an example? Can you think how you could be a friend to someone who is struggling with something?

2. Shema felt bad when he and Ishimwe had new sweaters, but there wasn’t one for Magi. Do you sometimes feel bad for people who don’t have as much as you, or feel jealous when other people have new things and you don’t? Can you think of something you could do to share with someone who has less than you?

3. “Life’s not fair.” What do you think about this statement? Shema was grumpy with the goats when he found out he couldn’t go to church with Sam. Do you get grumpy when you can’t have what you want, or things don’t go the way you planned? How could you deal with disappointment in a different way?

4. Was it fair that Shema couldn’t go to school? What sort of attitude to learning did he have? What lessons can we learn from him?

5. Shema decided that the lady giving him a sweater just the right size for Maji was a miracle. Do you think miracles still happen today? Have you had a miracle happen to you or know someone who has which you would like to share?

6. Shema was terrified of the medicine man. Can you think of a time when you were really scared of something or somebody? How did it make you feel? What did Shema do when he was so scared? Did it help him? What can you do if you are scared or worried about anything?

7. Sam’s grandparents were highly respected; they were known as “The Old Man” and “The Old Woman”, but also “The Library”. Why do you think they were called “The Library”? How are the elderly people who live near you treated? What can you do to show respect?

8. The pastor and his wife were poor, but they still wanted to help others in need. There is a saying, “You can’t help everyone, everywhere; but you can help someone, somewhere.” How true do you think this is? Is there something you could do to help one person today?

9. Shema wants to be an airline pilot. Do you have any dreams/ambitions for your life? The policeman told Shema not to give up his dream. How would that work for you if someone was laughing at your dreams? How good are you at encouraging your friends to fulfil their dreams –or do you laugh at them?

10. What did you most like about this story and why? Did you learn anything that could help you? Could your family, school or club sponsor a child like Shema so that they could go to school?

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