Nancy Tuerlinckx from Belgium arrived in South Africa in support of Learning Academy Worldwide’s humanitarian support for young children and youth in the country.
Her commitment to the wellbeing of young children and youth influences and drives most of what she does. Young people, adults, children and educators who interacted with her during her previous visit in 2019 have found in her someone who deeply cares.
Nancy observes and she probes, always looking out for the needs of the child and never allowing adults to be comfortable by constantly challenging their notions. She is, as such, no ordinary educator, no ordinary person and no ordinary human being.
She challenges thinking and systems that forces others into compliance and resist with careful probing the devastation of destructive assessments and diagnosis of young children. Labels damage and Nancy Tuerlinckx works hard to counter the too often flippant manner in which children are used and manipulated by systems and people who care too much about managing as oppose to caring.
She will spend time with the first group of young people who are participating in the exploration of a new way of doing Vocational Training in Agriculture. Sensitive to the multi-layered nature of people, she is determined to help the project care for the multiple needs and challenges that young people face in the world of work, in their development and in their aspirations. Manipulative and misguided educational systems often put young people at risk in their dreams for a meaningful career by promising what is impossible to deliver and by assuming that all young people want is ‘a job’. Nancy work with these young people will challenge these notions and carefully craft a sensitive approach to vocational training and one that is, at it s core, fundamentally committed to value that which is human long before one consider people as mere workers.
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