Parents change the world
Schools as tools
There is lot of confusion about education. Parents are very critical; educators are struggling with a heavy pedagogical burden; labeling seems the new way to distinguish children and teachers are confronted with classes full of exceptions. As parents we are worried about the future of our children.
My experience in Kenya inspired me with a powerful principle to address these problems.
In our education project in Kenya, the best school of the district was far away in the bush. We did not understand it: the lack of learning materials; the dry season when many pupils are absent, searching for water; the almost total absence of provisions.
So we went to visit the school. We found the school in the middle of a fata morgana. News had spread that we were coming and the teaching staff was prepared to answer our question: how did they explain their success?
They mentioned two decisive points: we accept our situation as it is, they said. Although we know our circumstances are not favourable, it is up to us to be the best. The other point is: we form a loving and caring community. School and community are working together. We are one. For example: every year we rank the teachers. The best teacher is praised and honoured; the weakest teacher will be mocked at. But only for a short time, because when you love each other, you help each other. The entire year all teachers co-operate with the weakest teacher to move him or her higher on the ranking list. Every year we succeed. The weakest teacher of this year is better than the one of last year.