The week started with a beautiful dance class in Kiscsősz, a very small village. The teachers, who have as a mission to preserve Hungarian’s folk dances and traditions, go far beyond this purpose. The teachers are such good examples of teaching from the heart, with dedication, passion and love, that all students respond with the same motivation, dancing and chanting also from the heart. They meet every week and practice hard not wasting any minute. Since the teachers are informed about each kid’s background, they are able to help them when they are in a difficult time of their lives. Being role models for children, not just as good teachers but also as good human beings, they are able to give some good advice that the kids actually hear and follow. During a nice conversation with delicious Hungarian pastries, the teachers told us about many stories of kids who were doing “bad things” and were about to leave school. They found the dances, the teachers, and turned into the most talented and dedicated students in the group.

We were honored to have the chance to meet them. Not only that, we learned some Hungarian folk dances and I had the chance to teach Tinku, a Bolivian folk dance that the adult students danced full of emotion.

The week just got better and better. During the week we met other teachers that were also hard-working and caring. We attended a drawing workshop, three classes of German language and one English class. Anyone could see that a lot of extra time was hidden behind a one-hour class. A variety of activities, ready-to-use cards, pictures and games were shown at the precise moment in very well-planned classes. The teachers were monitoring each student’s progress and helping out when needed. Students had their full attention on the activity. They tried their best even in challenging tasks.

Unfortunately, as many people told us, not all teachers are like that. We were very fortunate to be able to witness classes that are alive.

I think that having more teachers like the ones I met this week would make a big change in education as we know it. Many more kids would find the support to overcome learning difficulties and difficulties in their own lives.

 

Maria Elena