“I was dyslexic, till I was 17”- Lewis Hamilton opens up about his struggles during childhood and tried to inspire school kids at Alperton Community School.
Lewis Hamilton’s story in Formula 1 is itself inspiring, from being the only black racer in the white-dominated sport, winning the driver’s championship 6 times, despite facing racism from his early years.
He will probably go down as the greatest driver along with Michael Schumacher in modern F1 history. But it wasn’t always easy for the British driver.
Hamilton upon his visit to Alperton Community School talked about his struggles of childhood and emphasised how important the education in one’s life.
The video was posted by him on social media and In the caption, he quotes Nelson Mandela saying “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
“I had a difficult time in school. My dad drilled into me a Never-Give –Up-mentality. I still have failures today. You are constantly gonna be learning. Do not get affected by them. They are a part of your journey to success.” said Hamilton in the video.
Subsequently, he talks about the challenges of growing up with dyslexia. He emphasizes the role of education to a bunch of specially-abled children. Post which he displays the goal of the campaign, “Goal 4: Quality Education”. Thus, reinforcing not only its importance but his role in the same.
“Join me in helping to spread awareness for quality education by wearing this #TOGETHERBAND. I’m sharing my second band with my good friend, @serenawilliams, who cares deeply about children, and their right to a good education.”, concluded the post.
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Everyone, no matter where they’re from or the colour of their skin, should have access to a quality education. As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Shockingly, there are still millions of children globally who don’t have access to schools and education. This needs to change, which is why I’m honoured to announce that I’ve teamed up with @togetherbandofficial to be the ambassador for Global Goal 4: Quality Education. To help spread this important message, I recently visited @alpertoncs to talk to its incredible students about the importance of education, as well as my experiences at school and what it was like growing up with dyslexia. Join me in helping to spread awareness for quality education by wearing this #TOGETHERBAND. I’m sharing my second band with my good friend, @serenawilliams, who cares deeply about children, and their right to a good education. #TOGETHERBAND #BOTTLETOP #GLOBALGOALS #GOAL4 #UNFOUNDATION #UBS
Hamilton is one of the biggest philanthropists in the world of sports and has lately been vocal about social issues, he was constantly in the news after making calling out F1 fraternity for not speaking against racism post-George Floyd’s death.