My lecture “Children of Zambia Need our Love and Kindness”, given at the Private Grammar and Vocational School “Svijet”, was part of the large European project “European Vocational Skills Week 2019”, in which each participating school chooses a day (or several days) to publicly present the knowledge, skills and abilities of its vocational students. This year, this small but thriving school showcased the work and skills of its physical therapists and web designers, while grammar school students assisted with baking the Christmas cakes. The entire event was also humanitarian in nature. The proceeds from the sale of cakes, handcrafted items, and “chargeable skills”, such as massage, will benefit the Heart for Zambia Foundation, which will build a students’ residence in Nawinda mission. The “Svijet” school students listened with great interest about the life of their peers in Africa’s poorest region.
Thank you to the headmistress, teachers and, of course, the students for this beautiful Christmas gift.
The students demonstrated a high level of empathy for their Zambian peers. Empathy is the ability to understand how another person feels in a given situation, to “walk in someone else’s shoes”, and to see the world through the eyes of another. Empathic people are one-of-a-kind and extremely sensitive, and so are the students of this wonderful, unique school. At this year’s Christmas fair, they raised HRK 2,000.00 from the sale of their handcrafted items and “chargeable skills”, which they donated for construction of a students’ residence in Nawinda mission.
Dear young friends, please accept my heartfelt gratitude on behalf of your Zambian peers; you represent the future and hope of a better and more just world.