R attended First Steps pre school followed by Green Meadows Primary School in Goa, which are both run by a very special lady, Mrs Robbie Panesar.
R has always had a very special relationship with Mrs Robbie, based on mutual respect and understanding. Mrs Robbie could see right from the beginning how difficult found the school environment and helped her with patience and understanding, allowing R to grow in confidence at her own pace.
She never pushed R and never made an issue out of her sensitivity. As a result, school became a safe place for her to grow in confidence and ability and provided her with a real sense of belonging.
It was not an easy decision to take R out of school but we are able to maintain our relationship with Mrs Robbie and her school by taking part in school library lessons, extra curricular activities, shows and events. This allows R to see her teachers and friends on a regular basis and keep up to date with what everyone is doing in school.
Today R took part in a sponsored walk, along with her school friends, to raise funds for the school library. Knowing that her contribution benefits herself, her friends and the school is an invaluable lesson in how important we each are, as individuals, to the community.
In a country where the education system is outdated and schools generally have a closed door policy it is refreshing to find a school with a more open minded approach towards education and a warm, understanding attitude towards its students.
R may have chosen to walk her own path with regards to her future education, but the foundation for that path is based on a continuing, supportive relationship with those people who have helped to guide her and encourage her this far.
Thankyou to Mrs Robbie Panesar and staff of Green Meadows for helping R to see that the things which make her different are what make her strong and that choosing to follow a different path does not mean that she has to be alone.
For more information about Green Meadows Primary school, Goa please visit their website at http://www.greenmeadowsschool.com/