What’s in a name?

Play and learning are like the two wings of a butterfly, one cannot exist without the other!

Carla Rinaldi

Twiga dukina means ‘we learn as we play’. Play is the most important work of childhood.

The caterpillar and the butterfly

The butterfly has always been my favourite animal. A butterfly represents faith, hope, growth, promise, creation and a new beginning.

Butterflies are colourful, playful and authentic. They are all different and beautiful creations.

A little caterpillar has the potential to grow and evolve into a beautiful butterfly. This is a natural process which can’t be forced. We need to wait for its own timing of transformation. This requires patience and trust.

We need to trust that a caterpillar will turn into a butterfly. What would happen if we force open the cocoon to pry out the butterfly…? It will not become the beautiful butterfly it was supposed to be.

What happens if we force a child to do something their body, mind and brain are not yet ready for? Exactly the same!

This is what we do in too many schools. We force children to do things which are not suitable for their age.

Let’s treat our children as butterflies!

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.

Buckminster Fuller

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly.

Chuang Tzu

Contact

Gerjanne van Ravenhorst
MEd Learning & Innovation

Managing Director
Advisor – Trainer – Coach

Early childhood & Primary education
Expert in play-based learning

Nyamasheke district, Rwanda
+ 250 781447354
gerjanne@twigadukina.com

TIN number: 108991740

In the past I have worked as an ECE advisor for two VSO projects in Rwanda:
Itegure Kwiga & Itegure Gusoma

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