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A kindergarten within a retirement home?

Ils ont mis une école maternelle dans une maison de retraite…

Et ça a changé leur vie !

Par Nathan Weber June 22, 2015

Il faut bien dire ce qui est : les maisons de retraite ne sont pas toujours les endroits les plus joyeux du monde. Bien souvent, malheureusement, les anciens doivent finir leur vie dans des endroits ternes et tristes, où ils semblent relégués dans l’attente de leur décès prochain.

 

Heureusement, ce n’est pas toujours ainsi ! En effet, les personnes âgées peuvent facilement maintenir leur joie de vivre, du moment qu’ils reçoivent des visites, que l’on va vers eux et qu’on leur prête l’attention qu’ils méritent.

Au Providence Mount St. Vincent, à Seattle, deux générations que plus d’un demi-siècle sépare se côtoient au quotidien. En effet, cette maison de retraite fait également office d’école maternelle !

 

Le résultat ? Un mélange absolument génial, ou les enfants et personnes âgées interagissent au quotidien, s’apportant mutuellement certains bénéfices que rien ni personne d’autre ne pourrait apporter !

 

Un concept absolument génial, qui gagnerait à être répandu de partout dans le monde ! C’est tellement simple et pourtant l’échange est extrêmement enrichissant, que ce soit pour ceux qui commencent à peine la grande aventure que sera leur vie, ou pour ceux qui la terminent.

Ainsi, les enfants apprennent le respect aux personnes âgées, tout en intégrant une leçon d’une valeur inestimable dès les premiers balbutiements de leur existence : la vie est courte, et il faut profiter des instants de bonheur qu’elle nous offre chaque jour !

 

Cette vidéo est une bande-annonce pour un projet intitulé « Present perfect » (présent parfait) qui montre ce que c’est que de grandir et de vieillir dans la société actuelle.

 

Une campagne sur Kickstarter est en cours pour financer ce film, et à l’heure où nous écrivons ces lignes, l’objectif a déjà été doublé ! 

Rita Zoghbi  and Maricris Devrel shared this link
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Il faut bien dire ce qui est : les maisons de retraite ne sont pas toujours les endroits les plus joyeux du mo…
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Inauguration speech on Lebanese

If I were to deliver a speech to the Lebanese people, here’s what I would dare say:

Every Lebanese knows, and absolutely, that we never had a viable constitution meant to be applied and respected.

Every Lebanese knows that we never had a viable government, executive or representative parliament, meant to give the common people any relief from life hardship or to satisfy the basic human rights.

Every Lebanese knows, and absolutely, that we lack civil institutions. The civil servants main focus is to receive their monthly salary and as much as they can get in bribes, and wait for their retirement indemnity.

Every Lebanese knows that institutions were created to tax the people, get direct money in order to swell the pockets of the feudal leaders, the warlords and the clerics of the 18 officially  recognized religious sects

Everyone knows that we failed to build a nation and Not because:

First, we are too tiny to confidently claim an independent and autonomous entity

Second, we lack natural resources to stand on our feet without external support or

3. We are surrounded by States (Syria and Israel/Palestine) that do not take us seriously as a legitimate and viable State

We failed to construct a nation since 1943 simply because:

1. Nothing materialized to offer any sustainable ground that give us the impression that we belong to a State and the citizens enjoy the dignity and full rights in a serious State that consider its primary job is responsibility to the citizens

2. We plainly lack the necessary behaviour that provide a sense of belonging to a nation

3. No law or institution was sustained long enough to show any direction to modernity and determination for the longer terms

If I were in any position of power:

1. I will focus on few practical achievements that might give us a sense of potential feeling of belonging to a responsive State

2. Create an environment of determination to make us feel we deserve a State

3. When visiting public institutions, we are no longer shocked by their state of decrepitude: Dirty walls, cracked stairs, ancient rooms, civil servants sitting on dilapidated chairs and desks, and the citizens unable to locate any decent WC or toilets. You will be surprised that a functional WC is always locked and reserved for the civil servants. Whatever WC available is not functioning and stinks like hell.

4. The citizens should have the right to vote any place they are located, and not necessarily in their hometown

5. I will pay the public teachers every month, and not Once a year or every 6 months (ma3 terbi7 jmeeleh)

The list of simple practical achievement are legion to start acting on them.

We don’t need to dwell in our discussions on this abstract notion of a Nation that divides our communities.

We all know by now that we cannot constitute a nation but we love to discuss this concept simply because it is an excellent excuse to keep our communities further divided and distant

What we need is to feel and observe that we have a modern State, determined to behave and act as a State to serve all its citizens with respect and responsibility.

Since time immemorial, when we lived within dozens of City-States,  Unity was a concept totally aberrant to us.

Ironically, we had to wait for the Hezbollah movement to put Lebanon back on the map. All these foreign political dignitaries are flocking personally  back to Lebanon simply  because they have to deal directly with Hezbollah.

Against all odds and single handedly, the Hezbollah resistance forced Israel occupiers to vacate Lebanese lands without preconditions in May 24, 2000.

Against all odds and single handedly, Hezbollah resistance withstood the onslaught of Israel preemptive war in 2006 and for an entire month. It forced Israel to beg the US to reach any kinds of ceasefire.

Against all odds and single handedly, Hezbollah resistance pushed back the extremist Nusra and ISIS forces, located in Syria and within us,  from the borders of Lebanon. Hezbollah captured key cities and towns near our borders and recaptured the Eastern mountain chains in the Kalamoun

Against all odds and single handedly, Hezbollah extended to the Lebanese a relative sense of security, dignity and pride and has the potential to restitute to us a responsive government.

Give us dignity and receive civic society

 


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