Cleijn Hasselt, Learning without boundaries

Kevin is in the 7th grade of  the primary school Cleijn Hasselt. Together with the students from the 8th grade he is working on a project “Be your own boss.” By asking goal based questions and making independent choices the students are learning how to progress and be dynamic, with in their chosen projects. This approach should contribute in the future to opening up the world for them and at the same time the recognition to do what they are good at with confidence and  the determination to succeed. Kevin’s father is self-employed; he is contractor, and there is not a lot of time at home to talk about school. Kevin’s parent’s aspirations are that Kevin can go on from school to learn a trade to secure work in the future but something has changed. Kevin is more enthusiastic and even excited about school and his Parents want to know why?

I learn I teach I grow every day

Kevin explained why he was so enthusiastic with school “We have English at school, and there are all kinds of people paying visits to our school to tell the class about their business and we often work in groups with children from different grades to do projects, Kevin continues. “We are discussing sports that we are not so familiar with. That is super cool, because then we can Skype with children in South Africa and learn more about cricket. They have taught us about the rules and how to score points. Did you know that there is no grass growing in the middle of a cricket pitch? They call the pitch. Our teacher says we should all learn to pitch, to conquer our own place in the world. The children in South Africa asked us if we could send them some cricket caps as they do not have any. They would like the Caps to have their school name and the words; “We are the champions”

Next week our group are going to the textile museum to see if they can help with the caps for our new friends. The money which we earn by selling stuff on the Internet and at the Fair in Hasseltstraat, will go towards any payments so we are kind of being our “Own boss, remember?”


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