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Your Chance To Meet Oprah Winfrey, The Educator!

Your Chance To Meet Oprah Winfrey, The Educator!

“I ended up in the world’s biggest classroom and this, my friends, will be the last class from this stage.”

With these words, spoken on her last show after 25 years, Oprah Winfrey defined her role as teacher. She added, “You are responsible for your life. Use your life to serve the world.”

Oprah, who has always said she wanted to be a teacher, declared that her show became her classroom and in some cases she did the teaching and other times, the learning. Over her final hour on television, she reiterated the lessons that she has learned and imparted to her audience over the years.

Oprah’s Extraordinary Role As A Teacher

For 25 years, Oprah has been a tireless advocate for many causes, including gay rights and adult survivors of child abuse; her book club has promoted 65 selections, engaging and entertaining readers while making reading an important priority; she has donated millions of dollars to various causes through her Angel Network.

But all this is dwarfed by her work as a teacher. Perhaps this strikes me most because I am a high school educator myself, but Oprah’s work in education is remarkable. During a December 2000 visit with Nelson Mandela, Oprah pledged to build a school in South Africa. As that commitment broadened, she established The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, to which she has contributed more than $40 million toward the creation of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls—South Africa, which opened in January 2007 and now serves grades 7 through 12.

In addition, Oprah’s Angel Network has helped establish 60 schools in 13 countries, create scholarships, support women’s shelters, and build youth centers and homes—changing the future for people all over the world.

Oprah’s All-Time Favorite Guest

And in honor of Tererai Trent, her all-time favorite guest, Oprah donated $1.5 million from the Oprah Winfrey Foundation to the Matau Primary School project in Zimbabwe, so that the children living in Trent’s home village will be able to have the education that she herself was denied.

And now, in an all-new series, “Oprah’s Lifeclass,” Oprah will reach back through her show’s 25-year history to teach the lessons that matter most to her…the guidelines for fulfilling your life’s potential, breaking through your barriers, understanding your purpose, letting go of anger, how to use joy to fuel your life, and becoming all you were meant to be. Wow!

Enter Our Contest For A Chance To Meet Oprah!

By signing up here to reserve your spot in Oprah’s online Lifeclass, you will also be registered for the chance for you and a friend to win tickets to O You! on October 15, where you will meet Oprah. Good luck!

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2:21AM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

Many thanks to Oprah for all the love, happiness, hope, inspiration, and excitement she brings to the world!!!

8:15PM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

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11:22AM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

I'd love to meet Oprah! I remember watching her show every afternoon with my mother when I got home from school. After she died, I kept it up and it always made me feel closer to her. I think Oprah was a big influence on me and inspired me to go on to do the good that I do now. Yay for this contest!

11:21AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

This is off topic and I'm going to post it on every thread today, but several people have told me that they have quit getting the daily Care2 news via their emails. It seems that it's affecting quite a few. My suggestion to them was to subscribe again because that's what I had to do awhile back when it happened to me. If it's happening to a lot of people, we might have to notify the C2 staff so that they're aware of yet another glitch.

9:53AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

Whether or not I agree with her concepts of spirituality, I find her inspiring in the way she honestly lives her principles. I especially admire her work for women and girls who need recognition--she realizes that the hope for Africa exists in girls and their education and I applaud her for that!

Think about how she began with every possible obstacle....and how she overcame them, one by one...on her own! She could be Donald like a stereotypical "fat cat," thinking only of his own welfare. Instead, she's trying to show the world how she managed to do what she's done...

THAT is an educator!

7:07AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

I grew up on Oprah and feel that I have learned Many important life lesons from her and the cast of teachers she has had on her program. I would love to be able to say Thank You in person.

6:54PM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

...But why is "A Great Educator" capitalized?

12:51PM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:35PM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

no thanks that would feel like a sell out.

11:35AM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

thank you very interesting

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