An excerpt from an interview with Christelle Jansen, one of our IEF bursary students..
“And in that moment my life changed completely. Before this course, I didn’t know the Montessori method, I didn’t know how to care for a child completely. In a short space of time, I started recognising that caring for a child is not only giving them food and shelter. It’s giving them the most nutritious food, it’s empowering a child to believe in themselves, it’s finding out what the child’s interests and how to follow the child’s interests. Caring for a child means talking to them with respect and love and attention.
And so, my own mindset began to change. I started watching my language around my daughter and I started behaving in a calm manner. I stopped getting annoyed for little things and I began to question myself a lot. I started living and breathing Montessori. Naturally, my family, friends and community began noticing the changes in me. They started asking me so many questions and I began to explain Montessori to them. I believe that If I can change at least one mother or father’s mind, I am convinced that we will see change in the community and in the world.
How has this bursary and course helped me? It changed my life. I have hopes and dreams now when before, I was hopeless. I dream about opening thousands of schools in every community and teaching the whole world about Maria Montessori! I also want to become a role model for my daughter, I want her to believe that with anything, absolutely anything is possible.”