Ncini One Montessori. Dawn Goddard. What do they mean to the me, Montessori and the future of our beautiful country?
As I sat down to a a table of ten strangers at this years SAMA (South African Montessori Association) conference, I picked up the program that was set out in front of me and started reading it. The excitement in the room was palatable, and the ladies at my table slowly started introducing themselves to one another. My ear caught an introduction happening across the table from me and I couldn't help but eavesdrop. The more I listened, the faster my heart beat as I realized that I could actually be sitting at the same table as the lady that I have admired from afar, but have never met. As soon as I got a gap, I interrupted to ask 'Are you Dawn?' The lady looked at me with a big smile and said 'Yes I am.' I immediately stood up and said 'I'm Delicia!' We paused for a second only to squeeze past the chairs in our way so that we could hug and make our formal introduction. At that moment, I believed that the Universe works in the most wonderful ways.
For the past year and a half, I have in my personal capacity been sponsoring a 3 year old boy who attends Ncinci One's Montessori school in rural Eastern Cape. I paid for his school fees 6 months at a time and that was the only time I would receive an email from Dawn, reminding me to settle his fees for the next 6 months. At other times, Dawn would send me an email with photos of this little boy and a short description of how he was doing at school, the work he enjoyed and who his friends were.
I have the utmost respect for the work Dawn set out to do in the rural Eastern Cape. One of my life goals is to establish a non-profit school that will benefit children in a rural area, and seing Dawn do this with so much success inspires me to get going even sooner.
Meeting Dawn was certainly one of the highlights of attending this years SAMA Conference. Listening to her speak about the children; the school; the local people, seeing the many other Montessori school owners from around South Africa making time to greet Dawn, take photos with her and love her made me realize that Dawn was after more than just sponsorship. She lives a life of service to the children of Ncini One's Monteesori. Dawn made me realize my purpose, which goes beyond early childhood education and into bettering humanity through the child. These were Maria Montessori's words and they are Dawn Brochenin's life at Ncini One.
Please join me in making a difference that I am positive will impact the future of each child that enters Ncinci One's Montessori, and in turn impact the future of our country.
I can think of no better way to honour Nelson Mandela on this years Nelson Mandela Day.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"