Fundacion Tiempo de Juego

Tiempo de Juego is a non-profit entity that seeks to foster the adequate use of free time among children and youth in the most vulnerable areas of Colombia. The foundation seeks to distance children from the social ills that surround them and educate them through strategies such as sports and cultural activities. Tiempo de Juego's mission is to spawn social cohesion and development through sports, cultural, recreational, and formative tools whose purpose is the generation of competencies, promotion of values, and the effective use of free time in a responsible and conscientious manner, generating a positive and replicable impact towards a better quality of life for the community and its surr...
Jun 16, 2015

Methodology of Tiempo de Juego

The group of music in a public presentation
The group of music in a public presentation

The theories behind the Tiempo de Juego Methodology are taken from the fields of Meaningful Learning, Cognitive Behavioural Psychology and Holistic Education. As a result, social psychology is at its core as it determines the social objectives of the programme above and beyond the various sports, art, training and cultural opportunities that it proposes, focusing its attention on an objective interpretation of reality through simple analyses of problems and situations (violence, forced recruitment, micro-trafficking and gangs) against which children and young people need to develop avoidance measures. It is along these lines that Fundación Tiempo de Juego considers life skills as structural bases for its methodology:

Life skills: The "life skills approach" were founded in 1993, when the mental health division of the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched an international initiative Life Skills Education in Schools with the goal of giving children and adolescents alike training in ten areas considered very much pertinent to their psychosocial development.

Life skills are, therefore, an educational approach focused on the training of 10 very useful skills for confronting the demands and challenges of daily life. They are skills of a psychosocial nature which can be applied in various areas: lifestyle, social relations and community changes.

Education in life skills looks to improve one’s capacity to lead a more healthy and happy life, to act upon health and well-being indicators and to build societies which are more united, just and fair – all this by developing 10 life skills (classed thusly, according to the WHO):

  1. Self-awareness
  2. Empathy
  3. Effective communication
  4. Interpersonal relations
  5. Decision-making
  6. Conflict resolution
  7. Creative thinking
  8. Critical thinking
  9. Coping with emotions
  10. Stress management

The Three Steps: Tiempo de Juego has adapted the methodology which derived from the model of Soccer for Peace  for use in new settings, contributing to a wider range of services in areas like culture, technology, art, job prospects etc. This process consisted of installing as a working practice the application of three stages of development for each activity, for which both professionals (psychological and sports) and monitors would previously have devised a plan.

First step – Mini-workshop: In the first stage, participants are received by the monitor, who is the one responsible for receiving and initiating the activity of the day, by giving a brief welcome before addressing the psychosocial theme of the week through an appropriate cartoon. Participants then collaborate to suggest ways in which this can be applied to the activity. These suggestions quickly become agreements of cohabitation which should be adhered to as the activity unfolds.

Second step – Activity: The second stage is the execution of the activity, which lasts about 2 hours on average. This sport, art or cultural activity is mediated by the agreements of cohabitation which were brought about by the first step, becoming a life experience that re-enforces the theme of the day.

Third Step – A look back: In the third stage comes the end of the activity, where compliance with the cohabitation agreements is evaluated and how positive the activity was is assessed accordingly. It is important to emphasise that there are no good or bad activities but only life experiences from which certain lessons are learnt. Work is then given out: for the home as well as other environments in which the theme of the day might be applicable. In this way, it is found that lessons learnt by the participants are spread throughout their homes as they bring back an inquisitiveness as well as tasks that can be shared with the whole family.

Girls dancing break dance
Girls dancing break dance
May 26, 2015

Soccer as a peace-building tool

Soccer in Altos de Cazuca
Soccer in Altos de Cazuca

The soccer school of Tiempo dde Juego, which started to grow in 2006, took from the beginning two special characteristics: on one hand, it used a very deferential methodology, in which competition gave way to cooperation; on the other hand, it gave the role of teachers to the very same kids who participated in it, selected naturally for their qualities and their personalities. As a result of these two principles, the community of Cazucá started to look upon this group of kids (who played football in mixed sides) in a certain light: kids who sat down in a circle before and after each game to define the rules, who did not use referees even for a tournament and most curiously of all, followed the instructions of a child equal or younger in age than them, whom they even called “teacher”.

Football for peace (fútbol por la paz) was founded 20 years ago in the communities of Medellín, as a direct result of the death of Andrés Escobar. Students of the Universidad de Antioquia (Alejandro Arenas, Agustín Ortíz and Jürgent Griesbeck) decided to enter Comuna 13, on finding out that the killer of said footballer was from the same community. There, they organised a game between the most dangerous and well-known gangs in all of Medellín, even managing to persuade them to go without arms in order to reach an agreement for harmony, transforming football into the most effective means of reconciling of their respective differences and problems. From then on, football games were played in three steps according to this methodology: first, agreements for harmony were reached in relation to their behaviour and attitude on the football pitch as well as technical agreements changing the rules, again orientated towards peace, from which the banning of sliding challenges and the absence of a referee have become a key part of the model; secondly, the game itself was played, with the presence of women on the football pitch and also the peculiarity that a woman would open the scoring in each half; finally, the players would be reunited for a look back on the game, evaluating compliance with the agreements for harmony which gave points/goals to each player and his/her team – depending on this, scorers were changed and so were the winners.

This methodology has provided the world with a very simple way of making the dreams of many boys and girls a reality by allowing them to play football and enjoy themselves whilst at the same time educating them. This simple model, adopted by Tiempo de Juego since its foundation, has demonstrated a fun and educational way of altering the rules of the sport as well as promoting harmony on the playing fields; conveying values; encouraging social inclusion; and transforming the often harmful realities that the children face in their own communities.

Nowadays, the soccer schools of Tiempo de Juego gather together more than 1000 kids form Cazucá, Santa Marta and Cartagena, who have found in soccer an amazing opportunity to make their dreams come to reality.

Soccer changes lives
Soccer changes lives
Youth leaders of Tiempo de Juego
Youth leaders of Tiempo de Juego
Feb 13, 2015

ART, BOOKS AND MOVIES FOR CHANGE

We are convinced of the positive impact that creativity and cultural activities have on local community development and social cohesion. Therefore,  and thanks to the NGO Children of the Andes, as well as to our GlobalGiving donors, Tiempo de Juego has decided to open up three new subjects in order to engage new children and youths to participate in the organization's activities. These new activities are Arts, Literature and the  “Petit Cinema-Forum”, where books, art and movies are used as a tool that allow participants to reflect on positive values promoted by TDJ’s work, such as respect, solidarity, self-worth, self-esteem, and empathy, among others.  

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