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Oprah offers tearful apology amid abuse claims at her school

Oprah offers tearful apology amid abuse claims at her school: “Winfrey, reportedly in tears, told the meeting: ‘I trusted her (Dr Mzimane). When I appointed her, I thought she was passionate about the children of Africa. But I’ve been disappointed.'”

There is often the line of thought these days that if you organise something and your name is behind it, if it goes wrong it’s your fault. We need to avoid blame and we need to stick to facts. Oprah Winfrey has started this school in Africa because she wanted to do something to help. Now she finds it’s not as easy as that and thinks she is responsible. No. The people who were chosen to run the school in her name are responsible. It is about integrity and trust and what Oprah Winfrey has found out is that you can appoint people to a position, and parents can send their children to school, and other teachers can be there doing a great job…but the focus and the energy goes into the people who have no integrity and no capacity to be trusted. The situation is abominable but at least one father who was at the meeting seems to have his head screwed on his shoulders. Personal integrity and trust are things we need. We rely upon them and we have created a world of opportunists. We need to redress this balance. We need to reward the good people , doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do. I like how Oprah Winfrey has kept her lines of communication open and honest. This way the situation can be redressed, but she shouldn’t have to feel responsible. She just needs to help rectify it …and find trustworthy people who have the same open approach as her!

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Adelaide based professional. Lived here most of my life. I have been a teacher of French, English and German since 1974 and value the capacity of the classroom to write on the lives of others.

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