Matija Gubec International School

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2017-12-06 18:45:23

Friends with Down syndrome

As a part of our Service as Action programme we have chosen to volunteer with the children with the Down syndrome. At the beginning we had no idea how much we would like them and how much we would learn from each other.

When we got to know each other better we had so much fun. We shared so many special moments - we danced a lot and they taught us some dancing steps. We made Christmas decorations, visited the Zagreb Advent attractions and played basketball in the Sport Centre Cedevita.

On December 5th on the occasion of the International Volunteer Day we decided to share with our classmates our volunteering experience but we wanted to do that together with our friends. Therefore we invited them to see our school and meet our classmates. They enthusiastically accepted our idea and prepared a great dancing performance for all of us. All MYP students and teachers were amazed how good and talented dancers they were.

We have learnt a lot about people with the Down syndrome - they have feelings, thoughts, interests, hopes and they know what they want from life. Like us they enjoy their lives when they are well supported. We need to treat them at the same way as all - with respect, fairness and friendship. They show us every day how beautiful, openhearted, kind and pure people they are.

Antonio and Viktor (MYP1)