What is true now, can change tomorrow

A couple of days ago, we visited “Gan Tazpit”, a kindergarten specialized in making diagnosis for children with disabilities. It is a place which welcomes young children with different needs from the age of three until the age of five. At this age, they are diagnosed, assessed, loved and nurtured to be placed in the best schools for further education depending on the need of the child.

We were received by two very interesting ladies, Susana, the principal and Rebeka, the counselor. After hearing something about the functioning of the kindergarten, we had a unique opportunity to look around the place and see how the teachers work with children in practice.


The school left a deep impression on us. The team work and the passion of the head teacher was evident from her talk. Her statement that this was a place parents come to with a pained heart, deep with expectation, anger and sometimes disappointment and sometimes too much hope really brought the essence of this profession. The humane approach they offer to desperate parents and the empathy they show in every situation was something all of us should take home.  It`s not easy to deal with human suffering in such a manner. What parents are used to, is this sharp and cold medical diagnosis. However, at the “Gan Tazpit”, they are welcomed with compassion. We were truly impressed with the tremendous amount of work they need to do with these children, parents and the government agencies as a whole. 

We thought such large networking along with hands on work with the little ones was hard work and deep commitment.  It is not possible to do this kind of work without unconditional love for the children. They refuse to label the c hild with a specific profile since they believe in the child`s possibility to improve so at the “Gan Tazpit”, they rather speak about trajectories of development. Ms. Betty the teacher who was introduced so proudly by Ms. Sussana was one of a kind.

Betty symbolized deep loyalty to the institution; she seemed so in love with her profession that her simplicity and passion stood out for all of us. The most beautiful words that touched the people visiting the kindergarten were those of Betty`s: “when I write something of a child’s milestones I know it is relative. It is true now it may change tomorrow.” 


The spirit of this place seems to resonate with Rousseau’s words “
Hold Childhood in reverence, and do not be in any hurry to judge it for good or ill. Give nature time to work before you take over her business, let you interfere with her dealings. Childhood is the sleep of reason.”              

We left the school feeling overwhelmed and inspired to make changes.

             

Ms Gorana Kukobat, Serbia

Ms. Jayashree Inbaraj, India

Ms. Dariela Rumich , Paraguay

Ms Janet Mbeyu, Kenya


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