Where the Baltistan mountains meet heaven, there are teachers who really care

Flying over the imposing Karakoram mountains to get there, with the legendary K2 in sight, sets the scene. If the landscape shapes people’s psyche, this was breathtaking (literally, because of the altitude). The school itself was almost touching the mountain. But the goal of the workshop was clear: how to best integrate girls from the large local orphanage to school.

And teachers did not disappoint. I meant my feedback that the height of their emotional availability matched the altitude. They went out of their way to make them belong, feel the same as other children, and bridge the gap. Their observation skills were sharp too: “Give an example of how you know if a child is distressed?” “They look different, isolate themselves, even their drawing may look more aggressive”.

There were obviously opposite stories about another school. But let’s keep this one. Must feel the same for a botanist finding the same beautiful flower in the most diverse parts of the world.

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