Expanding Horizons

In an interview with Meridas Yora, founder of an institution for Islamic education, also Director of 3 boarding schools established to house orphan children of conflict and more than 120, 000 orphan children as a result of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, speaks about the holistic approach that has made a difference in the lives of the children.  He first underscore that after having many psychologists working with the children, they realized that the teachers where the ones that could provide for the children.  Special training was required for the educators in the boarding schools as they needed to become the “mothers and fathers” before becoming the educators. Mr. Yora attributes the well being of the children to the holistic concepts that allow children to have a hand in their recovery and those around them.  Older children looking after the young ones, has been instrumental in creating a family dynamic that is present in the educational component as well as in the interactions within the dormitories.  Yora reminds us that the children experience their trauma every day, particularly the children of conflicts that witnessed the slaughter of their families, and who continue to be re-traumatized by their expectations of being reunited with their families.  


World Forum Foundation Radio. Available at: http://www.viaway.com/category/2691-21490/world-forum-radio

The Center on the Developing Child: Harvard University (2006) offers a position similar to the holistic goals of Yora’s Institutions.  Understanding the current status of disparities offers an opportunity to look towards other more innovative opportunities by reviewing what science has to say.  To that end, the Center on the Developing Child, engages in a mission “to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity” (p. 2).  In moving forward there are some considerations to working from a different direction.  Science provides a fresh look into opportunities that may not have been possible, and available now through scientific advances. Science allows for new thinking.  Innovation is the mode for change.  Rather than relying on restructuring existing practice, innovation provides an avenue for tackling the slow moving change of policy and service delivery. Innovation provides the opportunity for risk, creative thinking, sharing, and adaptation. A distribution of leadership is the third application that centers on the common goal of doing better for children. This approach allows for the opportunity for the multidisciplinary field to take action and be responsive to our communities.  In their global effort, the Center on the Developing child takes its stand asserting that “Our Center is well-positioned and prepared to convene and lead this collective effort” (p. 3).


Center for the Developing Child: Harvard University (2006). A Strategy to Achieve Breakthrough Outcomes for Children Facing Adversity. https://46y5eh11fhgw3ve3ytpwxt9r-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Center-on-the-Developing-Child-Case-Statement-Executive-Summary.pdf

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I began my road to profession during my high school years. I started at a day care center. During my stead, I pursued my love for hospitality and enrolled at the Hudson County Community College Culinary Arts program. Since then, I dedicated a good portion of time in the food and beverage industry. I was always too happy to work and be engaged in every aspect, including doing dishes and mopping to bathrooms and trash. I learned early on that hard work and dedication defined who I was, who I am, and who I will be. During a time of temporary relocation I took on a role as Case Manager for a mostly Hispanic community. Here I fell in love with psychology. Soon after going back home I enrolled in the Psychology program at Argosy University in Sarasota Florida. I applied much of what I learned to how I performed my duties, how I made hiring choices, and more importantly, how to be. On the home front, I applied what I learned when engaging with my family and friends, and in doing so, I have been privileged to inspire my grandchildren to grow up with curiosity and a deep love for adventure. My family is my ultimate love, and my grandkids are my greatest motivators for wanting to pursue an educational path that allows me the opportunity to inspire a young mind. Taking a moment to reflect, I have come full circle. Evaluating the things that I have done, and the strides I have made towards positive professional growth, I return to the place where it all began, school and child care.

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