Gifted and …. the Dutch Day of the Gifted..
The 26th of May will be the Dutch Day of the Gifted, or the Dag van de Hoogbegaafdheid, and a lovely season to be celebrating this topic.
It is wonderful to see yet another day celebrating giftedness in yet another country in the world. Like the lovely tulips that Holland is so famous for we hope that the notion of having annual events within countries will continue to grow and spread. I recently wrote a poem on gifted comparing them to Orchids.. one flower, with so many different faces. Well it has struck me that the humble tulip, which has been carefully nurtured and developed by the Dutch people into a bloom can also have an incredible variety of colours and shapes too… each unique and wonderful in itself. This to then could also apply to the uniqueness of our gifted, and knowing many of the committed folk in the Netherlands personally, who are doing such good work, and tirelessly researching, supporting and providing for these children and the adults they will become, I am sure they are in safe hands. Hopefully, as we look into the future of Dutch gifted education, and the unique people it will produce, we will see a field of many colours, the unique, strong and delicate shapes all standing tall and beautiful as they sway in the breezes of all that they will become.
The Dutch day of the Gifted has been now been added to the International Awareness Days collection, which I am putting together for the WCGTC for this year 2012, and will join many others as part of a growing number already there. Hopefully this list will grow and grow and will be showcased at the WCGTC2013 in New Zealand.
If your country has not yet planned an annual celebration for your gifted, perhaps you might take heart and consider planning for one in your neck of the world. If you do please let me know, so I can add it to the growing number of those that are doing so.
I would like to add my support for this, the Netherlands and their Gifted, and encourage others to show their support perhaps by also writing a small blog, or spreading the news of their awareness raising efforts, through their own social or professional networks.
An example of this comes from Mary St. George in New Zeleand who writes:
In the Netherlands, the 26th of May will be Dag van de Hoogbegaafdheid – the Day of Giftedness. As we anticipate this event, it seems like a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge our shared challenges, our togetherness, as we advocate for gifted people, and especially our gifted children, around the planet.
Our education systems differ from country to country, but we seem to find ourselves wrestling with many of the same dilemmas.
In her blog she attempts to answer three questions which she feels seem to reach across the oceans and borders that divide us, and you can read about them here.
May you have a most wonderful celebration!!!! ;-D