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.
More Humans of DNS
Finally, I know I am ready to engage any adventure, and since I was little I loved to talk in public, share, learn and teach. So, then when I found out about DNS it was the light at the end of the tunnel.
Kamal Ahamada graduated from DNS in 2009. In this video, he shares some insights into the DNS experience and how it influences his work as a teacher and community leader today.
I am from a small province called Catalonia, located to the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula, beautiful for its mountains called the Pyrenees and the beaches of the Mediterranean coast.
At some point I decided that I wanted to be a teacher who fights for justice and dignity together with the people. A teacher who is not limited by the four walls of a classroom – rather the opposite.
Without warning, I broke the rules and chose to travel, and for the first time I felt that I was free to learn, free from any boundaries, able to check the perimeter and test my limits. Pulling me as far as I could reach.
Today, we need debates about feminism, peace, ecology, social movements, and much more. Creative alternative education offers each of us new perspectives and new ways of understanding.