We are blessed to live in a society that tries to make the well being of our children our highest priority. Not only does this mean we strive to provide them a healthy environment and a nutritious diet but we also search for ways to support all aspects of their development. We know each area overlaps and you cannot succeed in overall well-being through one area and not the other. Thus the Holistic Approach to Learning.
From My Perspective
I was born and raised in a small country in the southern part of Africa, Malawi. There I was exposed to a wide range of values and ideals that I find to be less prominent here in North America. It is a land that has to deal with monumental struggles and challenges that we in a first world culture have thankfully avoided. Families and children work diligently and daily to survive. Drought and famine are annual battles. Disease and poverty are a constant with barely enough aid or support to go around. Basic needs as we see them in North America such as food or shelter are not so basic to families in Malawi. For many if the child or family member has eaten something that day they have done their job in supporting their well being. This stems from a lack of alternatives and a very fragile lifestyle. Growing up in this environment made me not only grateful but much more aware of the importance of necessities. Without a nutritious diet or a safe place to rest the other important areas of development and well-being will cease to thrive or even exist. When you are focused on sustainability and keeping your family alive aspects of their well-being such as social/emotional development become less of a concern.