|Posted on July 16, 2018 at 3:40 AM|
In this week’s blog (16th - 22nd of July) we will share an interview we had with Natalie Daal an educational expert, sharing how she influences some youth in Curaçao their life’s and her thoughts on our educational system; we will invite you to our next Master Your Mind-platform session on the 19th of July; we will invite you to our next Chit Chat Mensing’s Caminada workshop on the 26th of July and we will share some motivational video links as tips related to dealing with “intention”. Every single day we will upload one of these video links on www.facebook.com/share2uplift/.
Education reform, Natalie Daal’s purpose in life
Natalie Daal is a very active person in our society. As a mother of 3 (now grown up) girls, she is:
● the president of “Fundashon Kompa Nanzi” (of which “Leeinstituut Klimop” is better known);
● the director of the private school “De Rakkers (school op maat)”;
● very active in Kiwanis;
● actively involved in the project “ Leerorkest” that just finished their first year to teach some of our youth to play an instrument.
Why are you so involved in so many different educational endeavors?
“As a girl of 5 I already knew and told my parents that I’m going to work with children when I grow up. In my journey in life, I have done different things and experienced so many things, but I am still convinced that my “inner voice” still wants me to play a crucial and defining role in transforming our educational system. So as for now this is my major focus. I am very interested in spirituality and my spiritual development, but I studied to become an electrician; studied residential work & social work; I have studied HRM; I am a teacher by profession; I have studied Management and was a quality manager/ coordinator of 4 after school, schools until 2013 whom where all financed by AMFO. Everytime I tried to do something different, I was being gently reminded, to keep my focus on education”.
“We work with among other things on:
● small groups of children on an individual level;
● children and youth being bullied and prepare them to re-integrate in the regular school system;
● offer workshops to parents;
● pre-school childcare of children from 0 to 4 years old;
● we offer tutoring (extra lessons) to students that need to catch up, that we offer by a group of teachers, educational supervisors, remedial teachers and a social worker to help re-integrate the children in the regular school system and follow up in case of whatever problems the students might have at school while also involving the parents.”
“A lot of students have issues and come to us because of their inability to adjust to the educational system as it is being offered now. Their brains are wired differently meaning that if you give them a laptop you don’t need to explain a lot. The need to learn some basic skills like how to search on the internet, where and what to file and “off they go”. If you try to teach them with books, they have so many issues and struggle. I am of the opinion that our teachers on the island need to transform, because of the new era we are in now. Some of the teachers are understanding to this now, but we still have a long way to go, to make the necessary adjustments.”
Where does this all started?
“I started with a pilot to offer tutoring (extra lesson, “Huiswerk Plus” and this was very successful as was proven by the results of the students and how other organizations have used our methods. We need to go back to the child, family and the school. We need to balance the regular curriculum with a more holistic curriculum, to make the education of these students more integrated, to level things out.
As part of this holistic education we also use scent and candles to sooth the environment of the students to let them feel more balanced and at ease. We also offer them a healthy meal for a sharp affordable price.
All this is offered with a special sub-goal and that is to offer these forms of education to those students in our society where their parents are unable to pay for them to go to a after school-program. We want to offer these students also access to what we offer. Although this at times has been challenging and still is challenging.”
What is the real challenge for you now?
“We have been subsided for 10 years by AMFO until the subsidy was stopped in 2013. We only had one year to adjust to this announcement. Via AMFO we had 90 children in Buena Vista. We worked with an adoption program where individuals could adopt a child and sponsor their clothes, books and what have you more. Our results were extremely well. We had a 100 % success rate of students graduating and going to the next grades at school. And we were very caring in our approach, because we make them feel loved, unconditionally, but we can be critical, there were we had to correct them in their inappropiate behaviors.
By doing this, we gained their confidence. We were making a difference.
And then AMFO stopped in 2013 and we had to release 90 children from Buena Vista and 20 workers. I had sleepless nights those days, it was a very painful experience, because we had to release different workers, including my brother whom was also working for us. And of course “ the children” we knew, had nowhere to go after school. Those were hard times. It forced us to be creative and explore how we could go on with less funds. We kept the formula where we charge a reasonable monthly fee per student and still offer some whom can’t afford it, education free of charge. We do get some funds from “Reda Soshal” and we are “on track” on complying with the requirements of the Inspectorate of Education. As we want the students to later on, re-integrate in the regular school system, we are forced to meet those standards anyways. We reached some sort of balance, but then as is life, we are of late dealing with some new challenges as we have students were the parents both lost their jobs and we are also dealing with increased operational costs. But in any case, we will continue to find ways and means to continue with what we are doing.”
Natalie you are a very active member of the service club Kiwanis. Where did this come from?
It started as part of my desire to be helpful to our society some 14 years ago. Both my grandmother and mother had a big influence on me. Both were very social, caring and sharing with our neighbors. So, this also became my second nature. By participating in Kiwanis, I was able to contribute and share to the society through the projects Kiwanis organizes.
Like the project we have done in Soto, DeSavaan, Fuik where we offered a container of 2nd hand high quality clothes to the poor in these neighborhoods. The level of poverty we have met, made me realize how privileged my children were raised.
Tell us something about the “Leerorkest” initiative.
Natalie: “Tania Kross a famous opera singer living in Holland, started in the fall of 2017 with a local “Leerokest” initiative in Curaçao with students from the fifth and sixth grade of the primary school Maria Oxiliadora (Santa Maria). Tania visited this school, when she was growing up in Curaçao. Together with Tania’s farther Roy Kross, both of us very active members of Kiwanis, sponsored by Sint Bernard Fonds, Samenwerkende Fondsen and the Crime Fund of the Ministry of Justice for example to pay for the teachers, we adopted this project. The goal is, to offer to children music lessons during school hours and through that process, change their mindsets, behaviors and ultimately their school performance. The commitment to their instrument and to music helps to transform these students. Although we had a difficult first year, some children are more interested in playing baseball for example, we are very satisfied of the results we have reached this last year.
The students played on Brion Plein on the 2nd of July on the “Dia di Bandera” where this year King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima were also present. We will now expand this initiative to another school this coming year and the goal is to offer this curriculum on all schools on the island. The instruments and books we got as a gift from a donor “Leerorkest” from Holland and the idea is to also start a so-called “Instrumentdepot Leerorkest” on Curaçao. This initiative is very known in Holland (www.leerorkest.nl/). The goal of “Instrumentendepot Leerorkest” is to create a rental-service of re-used and repaired instruments for “Leerorkesten on schools and similar social-educational initiatives to lower the threshold for those unable to buy expensive instruments”. By offering this to children where the parents lack the money to buy expensive instruments, it becomes easier from them to also practice at home on an instrument.”
More info: www.leerorkestcuracao.org
First performance of the Curacao Leerorkest on the 2nd of July.
Tania Kross about this first performance.
What are you plans for the future?
“I will stay my course and after being challenged, we are recovering and trying to deal with the never-ending challenges we are facing. I have been through a very difficult period, these past 7 years but we are seeing the light in the end of the tunnel. I want to collaborate with all those whom are like minded, because I have an unbreakable faith in the Universe and the future of our island’s educational system’s ability to transform”.
The core-group of share2Uplift completely supports Natalie in her endeavors and we will continue to explore ways and means to collaborate and jointly create value for our society.
For more information contact Natalie Daal at E-mail: Leerinstituutklimop@gmail.com
The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society.
As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So, in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.
Share2Uplift aligners are those that:
– Create an inspiring vision of the future;
– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;
– Manage delivery of the vision;
– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.
These criteria are now being polished.
We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:
• Peace from within;
As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.
Our next Master Your Mind Platform Session
Please be invited to our next MYM-platform session on the 19th of July.
At Biblioteka Nashonal
From: 7 - 8.30 pm
We will be presenting the books Sapiens (A history of humanity) and Source (The inner path to Innovation) with some short highlights of Synchronicity, the Inner Path to Leadership.Bring along a friend and hope to welcome you back on the 19th of July for this month session.
Our next workshop at Chit Chat Mensing’s Caminada
Thursday the 26th of July and will focus on Happiness.
More on www.facebook.com/events/1053938558117964/
Personal coaching tips
This week we will share some motivational video links as tips related to dealing with “intentions”. Every single day we will upload one of these video links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.
What is Your Intention - Inspirational Video - YouTube
Jim Carrey On The Power Of Intention - YouTube
The Difference Between an Intention and a Dream | Oprah's Lifeclass | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
The Power of Intention | SuperSoul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network - YouTube
The Power Of Intentions - This Video Might Change Everything! - YouTube
How to ENERGIZE Your Intentions the RIGHT Way to MANIFEST MORE of What You Want! (law of attraction) - YouTube