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Maria · DNS 2020

 

Following the light

 

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, the way it gracefully dances along the clouds shortly before sunset. Other times, it comes when I pause between passionate conversations and remind myself of the many things in life I have to cherish. 

searching alternative education
Following the light

Following the light

Who am I?

 

I am a British born, daughter of two immigrant parents, the cultural concoction of Indian, Arab, Ugandan and British housed within me has created a unique blend that often comes flooding out in a myriad of ways. I am known by the name Maria, a name prevalent to a multitude of languages and cultures, each culture holds its own variation of the name, as do I. Sometimes, like my name, I often feel like a soul of many cultures, uncovering parts of myself in every culture I get the chance to touch. My inquisitive nature has taken me to many special corners of the world and the souvenirs I have collected along the way have become the new perspectives I have gained, the challenges I have endured and the priceless connections I have made.

“When everyday is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good that happen in their lives everyday that the sun rises.”

~ Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

Cultivating a vision

 

I am a dreamer, I often find myself dreaming of a utopic, ideal world, one without borders, one where we can speak every language or live a day in the life of someone from every walk of life to truly understand empathy and compassion. I was recently asked ‘what is happiness for you?’. To me, happiness isn’t a person, a job or a possession but instead an attitude, a state of mind. One cultivated over time, through understanding, showing gratitude, experiencing the hardships of life and recognising what you have or how far you’ve come. Happiness is when you are content with your life, with yourself, at that moment. But for me, happiness is most prevalent, amplified and gratifying when shared with others, in a collective, creating a special formula for harmony. At that moment, happiness is peace and peace is happiness. 

Discovering Alternatives

Discovering alternatives

 

Growing up in London has given me a taste of abundant diversity, allowing me to sample many corners of the world within the borders of my city. However, it has also taught me of the adversities and realities of corporate and consumeristic life. It became apparent to me from an early age that I wasn’t made for the rat race or 9-5 office job, but instead, for work that feeds my soul, that can empower another and can embolden the world we live in. I have a hunger to learn but it cannot be satiated within the four walls of a classroom nor with a teacher pointing to a whiteboard. 

Through DNS I have found a teacher in every moment that transpires, every individual I come across and every road I traverse. My yearning to discover and grow has been fuelled, and my quest for happiness and ultimately peace has been propelled.

“You see, some things I can teach you. Some you learn from books. But there are things that, well, you have to see and feel.”

~ Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns

“When everyday is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good that happen in their lives everyday that the sun rises.”

~ Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

Following the light

Following the light

“You see, some things I can teach you. Some you learn from books. But there are things that, well, you have to see and feel.”

~ Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Discovering Alternatives

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Interview with a DNS teacher – meet Svetlana

Interview with a DNS teacher – meet Svetlana

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.

3 Takeaways from DNS | Alumni Aušrinė from Lithuania

3 Takeaways from DNS | Alumni Aušrinė from Lithuania

Alumni · Aušrinė · DNS 2015 team (Graduated in 2018) DNS made me realize that to be a teacher is also to be an active citizen, politician, farmer, mechanic, economist etc... it is a hollistic profession. My name is Aušrinė, I am 28 years old Lithuanian, who has been...

Vendy · DNS 2019

Vendy · DNS 2019

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…

Jack · DNS 2019

Jack · DNS 2019

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.

Borbála · DNS 2019

Borbála · DNS 2019

I feel it’s a key point to keep questioning what has been considered a norm. I would like to immerse myself into what we assume about learning and teaching and search for alternatives.

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