Laura · DNS 2017
I’m a growing human being that happens to be labeled as female, Portuguese and 19 years old.
After finishing both high school and the constitution of my financial independence, I took my time to get out of my comfort, known zone and to travel driven by curiosity to explore myself and different realities and cultures on this planet.
Traveling, volunteering and working.
I went through a lot of different experiences, each one touching me close, shocking or amazing me, always transforming me. And transformation I don’t see as an event but much more as a wave. Wait, I said one? Many waves!
An ever rolling set of it! And there are things that we can catch while surfing it and others only in the floating quietness between sets. So I can say I’m still taking a lot of lessons from my former lived experiences… while I keep on living… forming new ones to learn upon… So you see, one can never get bored, it’s wonderful!
In fact, I’ve not only independently traveled physically from Denmark to Guinea-Bissau, but from challenging assumptions and conditions over my individuality to concrete and abstract, micro and macro perspectives over humanity’s painting.
Thus, among many considerations, I was compelled to join DNS program to learn another way to learn – regarding its environment, methodology, systematization & application – where, as an example, we find the value given to experiences and its enlightened learning virtue, to the ever present awareness of our learning process and the responsibility shift to the student over its development.
Something from so many angles distinct from the conventional education, where students are handled as passive receivers of knowledge, cultivated depend on teachers and shaped into society (market, corporations) “needs” (or greedy interests, one can call it), which of course, also shape the course of our Human History, cultures, perceptions of reality and the way of humans, living beings, members of a falling biodiversity, to Be.
Finally, I believe that education plays a fundamental role in the development of both the individual and the community – elements that are inexorably conditioned (without being exclusively determined) by it.
And, from my current perspective, after DNS, we’ve grown to be capable, involved citizens, able to take and share constructive experiences from each situation – a must, resilient capacity to master in our ever changing and uncertain world and lives.
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To choose the path of teaching took me some time, I must say. It started on my very first 1st of September, this is the day when the school year starts in Lithuania. I simply loved it. And I am not talking about the lessons and tests, but about all the kinds of people I got to interact with and about the learning process that was happening there, somehow in between lessons most of the time. Though I was in love with the school and Summer holidays always seemed too long of a break, I never thought I will become a teacher. It is now, when I reflect, I see lots of sense in my actions and choices that led me to choose this profession.
I like to find the beauty in what is around me, sometimes it only comes when I have my camera in hand, walking through city streets, noticing the glimmers of light shining through gaps between buildings or they way it gracefully dances along the clouds shortly before sunset.
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Even though I was a little bit scared about becoming a teacher, since I have never dreamed of becoming one, I realised that the concept of the teacher is quite different here in DNS…
I believe, it is possible to raise conscious, creative and mindful generations. I have made it the goal of my life to change the education system in my country…
I hope DNS will teach me the essential pedagogical skills that I will need in order to become the effective activist that I want to become, who uses education as a tool of mobilisation.