"The Rich People's School" by Lauri Kubuitsile (2007, 9 pages)
- U. S. A.
- The Republic of Korea
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Trinidad and Tobago
f you are an author and want to represent your country, please contact me. If you want to do a guest post on your favorite story for the feature please contact me also.
If you are a publisher that has an anthology that is done in the 196 spirit, please contact me as I will be spotlighting appropriate collections.
At first I thought I was setting myself an impossible task but a bit of research has made me optimistic that I can find a short story from all 196 countries in the world. I feel this part of the project will be completed. In a much more challenging perhaps impossible project, I also hope to publish on my blog a contemporary short story from an author from each of the 196 countries.
I have now completed five percent of phase one of Project 196. I expect it to be pretty easy to find short stories from about 75 percent of the countries but I do expect to find a story from each of the 196 countries.
The American, we do not know what he was doing in Botswana said he could not live in a dry backward desert. He tells the woman, who he met there it seems but we do not know how, that if she loves him she will move to America with him. She asks him "What about Slyvia" and he tells her "No, a black Sylvia wouldn't do in a family that would be toffee-colored brown. Sylvia could stay with her Gran, she won't mind, it will be better for her".
Sylvia is enrolled in the Rich People's School. The other students spot her as someone from a poor family, maybe the slums, and they mock her so much she hates the new school. I do not want to tell more of the story as I want first time readers to enjoy the gentle wisdom of the Grandmother as much as I did. Do not be too quick to judge the mother. I really liked this story a lot
You can learn more about her work on her blog, Thoughts from Botswana
Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. It gained its independence from the U.K. in 1966 while remaining within the Commonwealth. It is one of themost sparsely populated countries in Africa with just over two million residents. The official languages are English and Setswana. Seventy percent of the country is part of the Kalahari Desert. It is considered to have a strong tradition of representative democracy.
I also want to recommend that anyone who takes a multicultural approach to understanding the world to study the offerings and thoughts on the webpage of the publisher of the anthology in which I read this story, One World, New Internationalist. New Internationalist is strongly devoted to global justice and does all it can to provide its readers with the truth. I have been following their webpage, which is more than just a wonderful collection of publications, ever since July 2010 when I began to blog on the Caine Prize stories, which they publish in anthology form.
New Internationalist can be found here.