2011 was such a great year; we had the opportunity to create a place where our children could dream a world of their own. Parents, teachers, and especially the boys and girls from Turbo worked together through all the year and used their imagination to create all the things that Children´s Land needed, including an office!
With their own space, and once they decided by themselves how Children´s Land will be organized, the learning process started. The first subject the children chose was recycling, all they learned they have tried to implemented in their homes, at school and in their community. This is only one part of the big plan, soon the boys and girls will know a lot and will be able to protect their land, their environment, their planet.
Even we’re happy with the work done so far, we are aware that is necessary to keep improving our skills to give the children the best. Having that in mind parents and teachers gathered up to design strategies that could help us to motivate the boys and girls, the young people, and even the grown-ups. This planning meeting was also used to raise some ideas about the work to do during this coming year.
Our biggest wish is that every child, parent and teacher feels the importance that each one brings to the project and that over time the children learn the importance of care and protect our planet!
"Good Morning, my name is Paula Andrea Bedoya Ríos, I´m 10 years old. For Children´s land I would like to have animals, a greenhouse, an office, also that the park can be fix, and to learn about the environment. We already have the Children´s Land Plans, we did the mission and the vision, chose the name and the logo and wrote the song lyric:
A very special place,
The place you´re going to like
The place to have fun”
AMICHOCÓ field staff, the boys and girls from Turbo and the teachers from the Normal public school have been working hard to develop the vision of the Turbo Children´s Land. Over the last months we have met with the beneficiary boys and girls, their parents and teachers to determine what the Children´s Land will look like and how we´re going to re create the children´s idea of their own space.
We began by taking a guided tour of the Children´s Land plot with the boys and girls, and writing down everything they liked and didn´t like about the piece of land. Then we developed a series of workshops were everybody had the chance to participate and finally, a first version of the Children´s Land vision came to life!!!!!!!
The rest of the project will use this vision as a guideline and we will respect it to the very small details. The next step is to begin transforming the land so it will match the children´s vision and start working on capacity building, awareness and training with the boys and girls in environmental education, children´s rights and governance.
“Let´s go everybody
To help this special place,
Our environment, the one we are going to take care
Let´s go and play
In this very special place”
These were the lines that boys and girls from Turbo sang for their land, the one that they dreamed since the first time we told them about the project.
The story began when we set up the meeting with the children that were already members from the Water Protector´s club. They watched our video and listen all about Children´s land, we answered their questions and! It happened! They started to dream.
But this couldn´t be a secret, we needed to tell everyone, so we planned a forum. Parents, teachers, boys and girls came, and we had the opportunity to show pictures, and to describe the whole project. But it wasn´t enough, so we made groups in order to listen to new ideas, expectations and doubts. With all this information it was time to start, it was time to give the children their land.
We got ready to the ceremony and finally Boys and Girls had their own land, they planted the first seed, this how Children´s Land was opened. The excitement made the children changed; they were now songwriters and theater actors. “Mambé & the rock from the sun” was the play; each group of actors gave us a different version form the story ¡It was amazing, the best way to celebrate!
Now the Children from Turbo have their own land, they are in charge and they know exactly what they should do: make it a safe place for boys and girls, have fun and learn about their environment. That´s why the children always are going to sing:
This month in our Children´s Land Project we began working with the kids from the Normal Public School in Turbo on the definition and design of their Children´s Land plot. Several motivational workshops were developed with the participation of children, their parents and teachers; the objective behind these workshops are to identify what motivates children to join the project and what they understand when they hear the word environment.
Over 80 boys and girls from the Normal Public School participated, along with 15 parents and 6 teachers.
We also developed the "gincana" or scavenger hunt to raise important information for the project´s baseline. In groups of 10 the boys and girls participated in a competition where their knowledge and understanding of their environment was tested; the groups that reached the end of the race first won. Through the scavenger hunt we can determine how well the boys and girls know their immediate environment and what needs to be emphasized and addressed in the project.
Questions like: "What plant is this?" and directions like "You will find the next clue of the race in the place were the tadpoles live" were used during this activity.
The motivational workshops and the scavenger hunt were open to anyone from the community who wanted to participate and a special invitation was made to the children and their parents through a local radio station.
We also worked closely with the school's teachers on the project's action plan and were the Children's Land was going to be constructed. There were several options on the school grounds and 2 plots of land were pre-selected; the boys and girls will make the final decision.
Finally, AMICHOCÓ began working with the school´s teachers on integrating the Children´s Land Plan to other environmental initiatives already on their way in the institution. In the next months we will work closely with the recycling campaigns, the Water Protector´s Club, and with a greenhouse initiative that runs on school grounds.
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