She was told she wasn’t allowed to learn to read…and now Dr. Tererai Trent has several education degrees, a consulting company, and is helping to provide an education for over 9,000 children in Africa… with a grant from the Oprah Winfrey Foundation and support from Save the Children*!

I was so inspired by Tererai’s story the first time I heard it (on the Oprah Winfrey Show), that I picked up the phone and called her… and she answered the phone!  [Read more about that here.]

Tererai tells me now that I called during a time when she had achieved her big goals, had celebrated them, and then was wondering what was next for her… and how she could best give back to the community.   It was perfect timing for both of us!   We both inspired each other as I had the honor of coaching Tererai (as a Big Fish Nation Starfish), and she showed me how to think even bigger and reach even higher with my goals and world view.

Zimbabwe: Visit by Tererai Trent to the Matau Primary School

Tererai Trent greets students of an early childhood development class at the Matau Primary School in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. (Photo:  Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi for Save the Children)

Tererai recently returned from a visit — with Oprah — to her childhood school in Africa, so I wanted to share an update on her work as inspiration for all of us.  Please take a few minutes to read this press release about Tererai’s trip:  Tererai Trent Inspired Schoolchildren at Matau Primary School on Visit Home.

For more of Tererai’s story, and her wisdom and inspiration about setting and achieving goals, click here to enter your email address for free access to the recording of my Lorin & Friends conversation with Tererai.

…and remember, as Tererai reminds us and shows us, It is Achievable!

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* Through the support of The Oprah Winfrey Foundation and in honor of Tererai Trent, Oprah’s all-time favorite guest, Save the Children will improve learning for children at the Matau Primary School, the same school that Tererai attended in Matau village, and in neighboring communities in Zimbabwe. Save the Children will repair and build new classrooms and latrines, put in place a community-wide literacy program for young readers, train teachers and guide pre-school instructors in planning age-appropriate learning activities that help children get ready for school.