“I am because we are” – Happy Valentines Day to you all

We all loved this little story and would like to share it with you…..

An anthropologist proposed a game to the children in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the children that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits.

When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats.

When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: ”UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?”

‘UBUNTU’ in the Xhosa culture means: “I am because we are.”

Website Manager’s Note

1. The Whole School Quality Circle Time model is an inclusive model for positive behaviour and self-esteem for all the children and staff in schools and early years settings, it promotes sharing, trust, respect and inclusivity.

2. “Love One Another is the First Lesson” http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2003/aug/31/schools.uk is a Guardian article from 2003 that promotes the idea that children who feel safe, noticed, understood and appreciated for the things they do well are not just happier, not just nicer to each other – they are also more attentive, more open to new ideas, and more willing to work. The article is based on the experiences of teachers and pupils at Batheaston Primary in Bath and it discusses Jenny Mosley’s model amongst other theoretical ideas.

3. To find out more about training for inclusivity, respect, trust, self-esteem, sharing phone 01225 767157 or email circletime@jennymosley.co.uk