Nilo, the feline of bodies and care
Sebastián Burecovics, Paula A. García and Diego F. Sandoval
Aug 11, 2021
The students built elements useful to take care of themselves and other people, also recognizing those who give them love in a healthy way.
During the V Global Training in Regeneration, our work was centered around Global Goal 3: Health and Well-being, with a focus on sexuality. From a position of care and respect, we studied some topics such as body image, ways of caring for the body, respecting intimacy, the importance of affectionate relationships, different forms of reproduction, and diversity of bodies.
The students carried out playful and transdisciplinary activities that developed their abilities to express ideas, work in teams, reflect on their senses, and connect with other beings and their circumstances. They worked on identifying their own body and caring for it as if it were a forest.
During the tour, we met Nilo, a hawksbill cat who showed us his feline perspective on the relationship between his species and human beings, the environment, the diversity of their bodies, forms of affection, and independence. His three coat colours—white, orange and black— taught us about the beauty in corporal diversity.
To approach sexuality from a regenerative point of view, we explored the effects of hygiene and our responsibilities as we grow. The students built elements useful to take care of themselves and other people, also recognizing those who give them love in a healthy way. The families followed along the process, collaborating and participating.
Each Mission had a special mix of play, laughter, mathematics, experiments, art, and design. There was a particular moment surrounded by affection, protection and support for those who take care of us: the students made a garment and gave it to those who considered they needed it.
At the end
Considered that personal hygiene and preserving privacy are important to empower themselves, know how to take care of themselves and decide with whom to share their things. In addition, the group of students thought that the best way to explain to a cat how its species breeds is to create an institute of cat sexuality where the reproductive process can be taught.
At the end
Considered that in a situation in which someone expressed that an adult person touched an intimate part of their body, they would seek for support. Likewise, they recognized that in order to avoid rejection among human beings, we must look at others in a loving way that brings value and respect.
At the end
Considered that the valuation that society gives to bodies should be based on respect for bodily and functional diversity, including animal’s bodies.
Global Goal: sexual health and well-being
The students drew some of the concepts worked on in the Missions on self-care, respect for privacy, affection and body diversity.
"It is important to express how one feels, instead of criticizing or praising the parts of the body."
—Mathias, 6 years old, student from Venezuela
"It is important to protect all bodies to not hurt the different beings."
—Zoe, 6 years old, student from Argentina
Zoe's drawing. She created a new species, between a crocodile and a human being, which allows her to have 4 hands/feet and a tail to play and protect herself.