Dream a Dream – Change the Script 2018

Dream a Dream – Change the Script 2018

  12 Sep 2019   , ,

The way we engage with our lives depends on
the stories we tell ourselves before we begin certain journeys. There are certain stories that we’ve been
told about young people in this country and why they’re not able to achieve their
full potential. We need to change those stories. And in changing those stories in our head,
we change those stories for the young people themselves. Change the Script was conceived to create
a supportive community for our young people to thrive in the 21st
century. The primary objective was to bring a group
of deep practitioners and key influencers in a space which really
allows them to experience the work we’re doing, the arc of transformation, and then hopefully
leave them with the sense that the problem is something that needs to be worked on urgently and collectively. I am feeling an energy that’s going to take
us to a new place, from the clarity that we have and the energy
in this room. So, really excited. Young people are struggling. They layers of complexity in their lives on
a daily basis is incredible. We know that adversity damages child development, that about half of the children in India,
at least, have suffered quite severe amounts of adversity. If children suffer severe adversity, they
will simply stop growing. When they stop growing, we call this failure
to thrive. And as a result of that, they have elevated
levels of anxiety throughout their lives which prevents them, or impairs them, from
functioning to their true potential. One of the most stark things about adversity
is that our education systems, really across the world,
have not been sufficiently sensitive to understanding the impact that adversity
has on young people, how it affects their ability to learn, to
live great lives. We need to start taking adversity much more
seriously and stop treating everybody as if they come
to school with exactly the same set of resources to draw upon, because they don’t. My mom and my dad, both of them are illiterate. I’m the first child to study in my entire
family. My mother, she’s a housemaid. She works in
different houses. And whatever money she gets from it, she spends
all for us. And she doesn’t even take a single rupee for
herself. She doesn’t even spend at least 10 rupees for herself. There is a lot of children now who have come
into the schooling system who are first generation school-goers. And we have not adjusted our teaching/learning
processes, our school systems, to actually be able to teach children who are first generation
school-goers. If we really want to help these young people
thrive and flourish in the 21st century where we know change is coming at such a rapid pace, we
need to build in them the resilience and skills to cope with that change. At the moment, there is a huge debate going
on about what we want for our children’s future. Is standard education good enough? Do we need
to think about something else altogether? If our children are failing to thrive, we
know they’ve got a basket full of problems. And we know that those problems will stop
them from accessing anything we offer. So, we can debate from now to next year to
the year after, what education should look like. But our children, how are failing to thrive,
our children that in our programmes may not be able to access any of that. And what we’ve got to do is give them the
tools to access. That’s where programmes come in, that’s where
life skills comes in. Life skills is an approach that Dream a Dream
has followed to reverse the effects of child adversity where the empathetic adult is holding space
for them and allowing them, giving them that safety to take risks. So if you can share that – that what would
you like changed in the way you all are being trained or educated. What we need to do as a starting place with
all children is validate them. Validation is so powerful. It says to the child, I understand what you
are saying, I’m not judging you at all, I’m not saying that’s not good enough. I’m
saying I understand what’s happened to you. You’re different, but actually, you’re beautiful. We’ve all got issues, we’ve all got things
we need to work on. And together, we’re going to step forward
and we’re going to work on this. What Dream a Dream has done is like, brought
people, made them listen to us. Adults are listening to us. I never felt adults
would listen to me. I’m a young boy. Change the Script to us really represents a transformation in the narrative that we
hold in our heads about what is possible for our young people. If we really want to transform education on
a large scale, the most important thing we can do is to make
education a political issue. And governments are only going to provide
that high-quality education when people are going to demand it. Only through collaborative effort will systemic
change happen. No one person, one NGO, even one government. We can’t do this alone. How do we come together as ecosystems around
a child’s life and bring abundance of solutions across countries,
across communities so that we can reach the world? This is a new movement, a new wave of collective
action in society.

5 thoughts on “Dream a Dream – Change the Script 2018

  1. I LOVE DREAM A DREAM bczzzz
    this team vil work for poor people.
    they vil helpe for students like free couching for football, creative art and teaching class. this team thought me a so many good things. I use to thank DREAM A DREAM bczzz wt they thought good things i followed in my life. Now i am in good position in my life. Even i have to thank my school ( Stella Mary school ) congress to Dream A Dream for done Good thing AND All the best for next plane.
    finally thanks for Vinod coach, Christopher coach & Girish coach,
    Nirmala mam…..

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