Kelly and Judith from De Ondernemende Natuurtalent School: “Many children are ready for a new form of education”

Children should be given more space to develop and be themselves. With this in mind, Judith Kalb and Kelly van der Gorburg took the initiative to start a new form of education in Vlardingen. Entrepreneurship school natural talent should start in 2024. What is required for that? “Lots of signatures in particular,” he told the Vlardingen folks.

Kelly, 41, and Judith, 46, are aware of the fact that their children, like many others in the Netherlands, do not come for themselves in the current education system. “In everyday life, which largely consists of school for young people, children often live a pattern in which they already have a natural resistance,” Judith says.

Hyperstimulation and abdominal pain

“The number of young people who do not want to go to school, or experience exhaustion or extreme fatigue from a normal school day, has never been higher,” she continues. Kelly faces this on her own with her 11-year-old son, who has been going to school for a half-day for two years due to overstimulation, and her 9-year-old daughter who has been going to school with stomach pains from an early age.

The number of young people suffering from fatigue has never been this high

Kelly: “I even thought about moving to Sweden, because education there focuses more on students and their development, rather than performance. But then again, don’t do it one, two, three.”

A new kind of school

When Kelly got a call from Judith, who was looking for parents to start a new kind of school together in Vlardingen, she knew: “This is it!”. An informative evening organized by the School of De Ondernemende confirmed this once again. “Everything fell into place,” she says. “This is a method of education where children gain themselves a lot more, and it allows them to be themselves and develop their talents and social skills in their own way. As it should be, in fact.”

This is a method of education where children gain much more themselves and allow them to be themselves.

For example, Kelly and Judith decided that there should be an entrepreneurship school in Vlardingen: Natuurtalent. The mothers in Vlardingen agree: “We want to create a school that reflects society and is accessible to everyone.”

Many schools today are subject to certain regulations, which ensure that students are printed with all kinds of standards they have to meet. We want to pay more attention to the individual child and their environment. So that they can stand confidently in the world.”

Fitness Trainer

Starting a whole new school isn’t something you just do. Certainly not when it comes to innovative education. Fortunately, Judith and Kelly get help from De Ondernemende School. From that organization they received help in the form of a coach: Quinn Borskens (51 years old), who was engaged in education all his life. “From teaching as a teenager to working as a physics teacher at Waldorf School for fifteen years.”

“At Waldorf I learned how important it is to treat the student as an individual as a teacher. Every child has talents and a way of developing. You can’t limit them all to one system,” says Quinn.

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“Unfortunately, this method of teaching is also increasingly subject to pressure from above, which makes it increasingly difficult to stick to the original ideals,” continues Quinn.

Each child has his or her own talents and way of developing.

“The Entrepreneurship School is a way to bring those ideals back: By building from the bottom up again, we can now take into account challenges where other forms of education like the Waldorf School have stalled or are at risk of getting stuck.”

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It is clear that creating a new and innovative school is not easy. “It takes a lot,” Quinn says. “But Kelly and Judith, like me, are very determined. Something has to change in society and that starts with young people.”

Something has to change in society and that starts with the youth.

What the passionate team at De Ondernemende Natuurtalent mainly needs now are signatures, which can be submitted via their website www.dosnatuurtalent.nl. In order to start a new government-funded primary and secondary school, they must prove to the ministry that enough parents support the initiative.

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Judith, Quinn and Kelly are doing everything they can to collect signatures for the entrepreneurship school in Vlardingen (Photo: Leila Pansier)

We need 140 signatures before October 29th. When we hear the stories of people who support our initiative, it seems easy to achieve, but unfortunately the reality shows otherwise,” Judith, Kelly and Quinn told.

We need 140 signatures before October 29

This involves many problems. “First, it is about digital signature, where you have to sign in with DigiD and enter your children’s BSN number. This is just to prove that you have school-age children, but people still find it difficult to pass on this personal information.”

The trio further explains: “In addition, you can only provide support by signing if your child is 2, 3 or 4 years old (primary education) or 10, 11 or 12 years old (secondary education) on November 1, 2022. Grandparents, grandmothers, uncles, aunts, etc. People who are enthusiastic, but who do not have children of school age, cannot draw.”

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“So we would like to ask everyone who agrees with us to look further into their environment to see if there are more people who would like to sign. He also stressed that nothing else will be done about your personal information and that it is not a (previous) registration, but a statement. Support for the initiative to establish the De Ondernemende Natuurtalent School in Välardingen.

Would you like to learn more about De Ondernemende School Natuurtalent, take part in an information evening or support the initiative to sign? You can do this on the dosnatuurtalent.nl website.

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