ecl Namibia takes part in the Directorate: Social Welfare Services 1st Namibian Parenting conference 14-16 April 2015
‘Today’s Children, Tomorrow’s Parents: The Dynamics of Parental and Community Involvement’
Running joint workshops with ‘CLaSH’ on child sensitive communication
The ecl foundation has been invited to take a place on the steering committee to organize this conference. It is the first conference of its kind in Namibia and ecl has been identified as a key player in the response to empowered parenting.
The ecl Leadership team come together in South Africa, with thanks to the Goldblatt family for hosting us. The purpose shifted from the design of a catalyst development program to a deeper enquiry into 3 questions (many of which had been triggered by our reading of the Frederic Laloux book, ‘Reinventing Organizations’:
ecl foundation invited into a 2 day enquiry to explore developing a Systemic pedagogy for Teacher Training in Higher Education in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK that goes beyond the gates of the university (i.e. includes community partnerships) and beyond national boundaries.
Linda Baker ecl catalyst facilitated a systemic Teacher Workshop at Conte West Hills School. Teachers explored creatively how to bring the connection that children feel to their parents, into the classroom. All teachers left with a feeling inspired that they could work with the insights in their classroom.
ecl Namibia has been requested to become a full partner of the BNC essentially becoming the emotional backbone of the BNC. This centre serves over 130 of the city’s most vulnerable children. ecl works directly with children within the centre and with their parents. For teachers we have just begun running ecl trainings to equip them to take the practice into their classroom. Mary-Beth Gallagher (Director) has this to say about our work, “it works magic with the children, it brings out the best in everyone and it has had a huge impact on our centre”. The ecl concepts are becoming an immersion ‘course’ for all BNC learners, teachers and parents in the BNC ‘system’/community.
With generous funding from the Smurfit Kappa Foundation the ecl foundation is writing a Fieldbook whose purpose is to strengthen systemic practice in education. The book is an invitation to step into a creative space and to explore worlds that may not yet live in education but which form well-springs for ecl practice: quantum physics, neurobiology, mindfulness, creativity to name a few. We want to create something that invites you – the reader – to mark it up, fill in the gaps, question and inquire, add pages and pass it on. With the book will go a website that will allow practitioners all over the world to share practice.
In the U.S. ecl is unfolding amazingly in Connecticut (contact Linda or Janet). Quoting from an email from Linda, ‘A Sixth grade teacher talked about how the children are setting their own goals and working to improve work with their other teachers. A third grade teacher talked about doing the Hula hoop exercise and how completely blown away she was about how deep the discussion was with the children and how they bonded and supported each other. A fifth grade teacher tried it later on that day and she was brought to tears. A second grade teacher talked about how she was using the secret friend exercise and what a difference it made in the whole class dynamics. She was seeing how the children were being kind and caring for each other. A fourth grade teacher changed the paper chain exercise to make a banner made up of each child’s chain. She came in the room hugging the papers and talking about how much, their writing positive things about each other moved her.’
‘Thank you Mr. Ingham‘ – a book for Terry from all of us We asked for your contributions and love and gratitude towards Terry poured back. Not just from those we originally asked, but from ever widening circles of people wishing to honour this man. We ran around trying to catch each drop whilst behind us Karl at ideasofthemind in Bath and Rasada in ecl Johannesburg quietly worked their magic transforming every contribution into a work of art that we could share. The book is dedicated to everyone and everything that resourced this extraordinary man. In one story in this book you can read his answer to that very question: what supports you? ‘Family, Meditation and Manchester United’ being his instant reply. So to his wife Sue, his children Matt, Lily and Aidan and their loved ones, Sean and Sam, his beloved grand-children, Esme and Charlie, to his mum and his siblings (and with a mischievous smile) to Meditation and Manchester United – we dedicate this book. It has been the container for an outpouring of love and appreciation. We hope that it becomes a living book, that it remains a book at the heart of the foundation, that we can add to, dip into and resource ourselves with. Click here to read the book
Sandi Hager ecl Associate in South Africa has signed the contract for world publication rights for the English Version of Marianne Franke Gricksch’s, “You are one of us” with a page dedicated to ecl.
‘You’re one of us’ was written be Marianne Franke Gricksch over a decade ago, yet it as fresh and relevant to everyone, everywhere in education as it was then. It opens with the words of the poet Rilke, “If you live the question, perhaps you’ll gradually without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer some distant day.” I truly hope that the ecl foundation is becoming one of those living answers. The foundation is being set up as an international research and innovation charity dedicated to transforming the education and care of children and young people. Our research and practice over the past decade, building on the work of Marianne shows that it is possible to provide environments in which children and young people flourish, where emotional well-being, creativity and learning is attended to. And when this happens, joy in learning returns and children and young people gain access to their fullest human potential – a creative intelligence that is grounded in a love of life and a deep sense of belonging to the community of life.
To order a copy, please contact Sandi.
Our Founder and trustee, Terry Ingham moves into a hospice. There are no words to describe the impact that this man has had on the foundation, his generosity, the magic of relationship with him. Even in the hospice he was enquiring with Jane Reed into the ontology – the DNA of ecl, “The key that unlocks the door, that brings it alive is embodied knowing. The doorway is phenomenology”. And in typical Terry fashion saying, “Oh I am so enjoying this conversation!” We ask everyone to hold him and his family in your prayers.
The foundation submitted its first big proposal to the Smurfit Kappa Foundation. The request is for funding to support the building of an ecl classroom to be attached to the nurture center at Netherfield primary (scheduled opening January 2015). It is also to fund the development of a Fieldbook that brings together ecl practice with the outstanding Netherfield nurture practice.
After months of patient enquiry, encouragement and shear dogged determination from Mia the entire ecl community decided that ‘Yes it was going to use basecamp’. Since then the number of active users, the material uploaded, the quality of the sharing of ideas and the shear playfulness has increased exponentially. Rasada our ICT expert in Johannesburg is now stepping in to take over the coordination, allowing Mia to breathe a sigh of relief.
On 30th August our amazing Trustee Matt Ingham and colleagues from the Immigration Group at London law firm Mischon de Reya rode the bicycle challenge, the ‘Two Tunnels Cycle Route’ and raised some £16,000 for the foundation! We are most grateful. Matt and the team wanted to raise funds for the foundation’s work with vulnerable children and their communities in Namibia, South Africa and Northern Ireland. https://www.justgiving.com/Mishcon-Immigration-Group1
After weeks of training, on Saturday 2nd August Sam Claydon and five of his friends, Catherine Fischl, Amy Maher, Alan Thomson, Charlie Bosworth and Stephen Feeney participated in the Virgin Active London Triathlon. The course involved 1.5km swimming, 40km cycling and then running 10km. The teams completed the course in a healthy 3 hours. For ecl their endeavours represent a special milestone. It is the first time we have raised money through public donation, which has been made possible by achieving charity status in June this year https://www.justgiving.com/Sam-Claydon. The funding raised will be used to help fund two ecl projects including providing extra support after school for vulnerable children at the Bernard Noordamp Centre, Katutura, Windhoek in Namibia. Here Rowena Mould is running a nurture group for 8 to 12 year olds who have difficult family circumstances, bringing more stability and motivation for learning into their lives. Rowena comments that after just a few months of working with the children, “…how much more articulate the kids are at expressing and dealing with their emotions. Their ‘physical expression’ is markedly less”. Thank you Sam and team – it means we can continue our work there for at least another six months.