from our Principal.
“Dios Los Ninos was born from a passion for all things educational. What started as a dream became a reality in 2008 when we opened our doors to our first learners.
I have a passion for children who don’t always fit into those boxes that society and mainstream education seem to put everyone into. Each child is unique and I believe that children are more than just human beings. They’re academic beings, creative beings and social beings and that is what we pride ourselves, here at DLN, in doing, paying attention to all these parts of your child.
Over the years I have been involved in various education projects ranging from adult education to the training of women in squatter camps. I love education and I love kids! They are my passion and your future.”
Leonie de Kock
My son had many unhappy school years which turned him into an angry and depressed young person with a very low self esteem. I knew that although he is a smart and clever boy, he was just not coping with the pace in a class of 25 children.
Since he started At DLN, I have noticed a huge change in him. He actually wants to go to school in the mornings and is always happy at the end of each day. His marks have remarkably improved, and he has his self esteem back.
I would definitely recommend DLN to anybody. Children should enjoy school and be able to keep up with the pace of our busy lifestyles.
When our son Peter started mainstream school he battled terribly to grasp any of the foundation phase concepts specifically reading as he was diagnosed earlier that year with autism and epilepsy. We realised that he would never cope in a mainstream school and looked at a number of schools who could assist us with his education. We discovered DLN Private school who assisted us greatly, firstly in understanding how Peter learns (which is very different from the norm) and secondly in accommodating and growing his potential. The teachers work very closely with him every day in the small classes and he has excelled beyond belief. DLN has done a great job in creating a desire within the kids to want to learn. Thank you DLN.
Debbie Rothman (Peter: Grade 4)
The difference in Jamie since moving him to DLN has been incredible. He is happy to go to school and comes home excited to share what he has learnt. He has gone from an environment where he felt “stupid and slow” to one where he is known, taught and addressed according to his own individuality and his academic results have improved hugely.
Tamsin Bradford (Jamie: Grade 5)
We were introduced to DLN when we experienced problems with our son’s previous school. We were impressed by the dedication and commitment of the teachers towards the leaners.
Teacher Leonie possesses a wealth of knowledge in child development stages by so enabling her to identify the key areas where they need to assist a learner to improve their school work.
DLN’s small group class allows teachers to pay enough attention to each child by so giving the teacher and idea of an area they can focus at improving the problem areas. This gives each child confidence to perform at their best. Continuous engagement between parent and teacher also gives us ease that our children are in excellent hands.
Our Son has been happy since he joined DLN; he loves going to school His grades have improved. The teacher and child relationship at DLN is the BEST. Our daughter has since joined her brother at big school.
Being part of the DLN Family is the best choice we’ve made for our children’s Future
Lindani Moss (Ntando: Grade 6 & Lihle: Grade 1)
My name is Kristen Mclachlan and I came to DLN in 2010. I was in grade 8 at the time and extremely behind in my education due to battling with grasping concepts, concentrating, processing information, low self esteem, and having a hard time overall with learning.
DLN was a platform that set me up for the rest of my life. They met me where I was and started building me up from the beginning. They didn't pressurize me in any way and instead of me revolving around education, they made education revolve around what I could manage. They pointed out the good stuff in me and walked alongside me where I battled with work. By DLN being an environment that was fun, interactive and hands on with work, it helped me blossom out of my shell and I started believing in myself and learning to love myself and fight the good fight.
DLN taught me not only amazing education, but valuable life skills that I am still using to this day. Without DLN, I would not be where I am today, they gave me the boost into life that I needed and I could not be more thankful for that.
In 2012, my family and I immigrated to America and I finished high school there. I graduated high school at Houston Heights High School in Houston, Texas in 2014. I was in the top 5 of my class for highest grades (90 and higher), I made national honour society, I was recognized by the state for most community service hours in Houston, reaching 2,800 hours and won an iPad mini for that.
During my time in high school in America, I fought for new school bathrooms, a counsellor on school site, and healthy foods sold at the school. After 18 months of legal battles, my voice was heard and new bathrooms were installed, 2 full time counsellors were hired and healthy food was catered in.
This would never have happened without DLN, they gave me a voice, determination and a belief in myself that has not only changed my life but is now changing lives in America.
I am now in Seminary School studying Theology, Spiritual Formation, Pastoral Care and Youth Ministry. I am also doing a Pastoral Care and Youth internship at the Vineyard Church in Minnesota.
I am so happy for DLN and the growth and impact they are making in the community around them! Go do great things DLN! Strive for the moon! I love you guys!
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