The job shadowing is finished, an experience that has marked my life in many ways, I must admit. When I arrived I did not know what to expect, I just came in the hope of being able to contribute to change. And now that it’s over I understood that I didn’t come here to teach, I came here to learn. This beautiful journey has left a mark not only in my history, but especially in my heart.

I have been fortunate to meet wonderful people, inspiring people who despite the economic, legal or social difficulties appearing along the way continue day by day their work for children, and not only provide education, but also quality education.

I honestly believe that the people who carry out this work are part of a new revolution, a new era for education where new and more revolutionary methods of teaching are being discovered, where the new and more impacting educational centers are being founded by people who see opportunities in places like Borgo Vecchio. Because if there is going to be a change in education I think it will be stimulated by the will and vocation of those who care about children and not about state policies.

These people are the ones who want education to be oriented to the person once and for all, taking into account individual human capacities and differences in learning, fostering the creativity of children, understanding that these tools are essential for the “progress” of the whole Society.

But in order to construct this “new age,” it is necessary first to learn from that ability, so strong in children, to dance and to sing in spite of the terrible circumstances, to get up after falling, to clean our wounds and to keep running. The children will allow us to reach another sensitivity if we have the attitude to watch and listen carefully what, through their practice, they are able to teach us.

We could learn, for example, from that critical sensitivity they show not through words but through their actions and ways of behaving, a call for attention that makes us reflect about the necessity to return to the path of tenderness, in a world of disaffection that leaves the heart of our children behind us.

A tenderness that is not abstract but concrete and has demonstrations such as embraces, smiles, look and touch, a myriad of gestures that feed people in order not to fall in lack of love. So, it becomes an inescapable necessity of humanity.

That is why the call is to rescue the relationship with children, learning from their eyes, their transparency and the beauty they provide. We can not continue in a messy world that refuses to listen to its children and is lost in a traditional and formal perspective. In that sense, it is necessary to retake the capacity to be surprised with new ways of being and feeling. In this context education plays a fundamental role, insofar we should educate them taking into account the feelings level, as it is proved to be so important for children.

It is time to return to that vital force of the human species which in children is expressed in their ability to love the other, in their tenderness and in their ability to move forward and not to stay still. The change in society will depend largely on our capacity to take back and follow the trail the children show us. We must have the humility to understand that adults must learn from children, as I’ve understood during this journey.

 

Mariel