Aug 12, 2019

Summer again

Education in the eye of a child
Education in the eye of a child

As the summer began, children started their school vacation. This is usually good news for us and for them. They get to spend more time playing and we get to spend more time playing with them.

The activities with the mobile school are longer and more packed with fun activities (games, competition etc.). The only thing that sometimes ruins our fun is the weather. This summer we had a lot of rain combined with very hot days, and that made things complicated on some occasions.

The activities with the Mobile School are combined with summer kindergarten for the children that haven’t gone to school yet. Most of the children in the region have never attended kindergarten also. That makes their adaptation to school difficult in most cases, which increases the chances of them dropping out from school. This is what we are trying to prevent by organizing these activities every summer.

As much as weather allowed we organized weekly activities with the Mobile School in the Two communities where we work in Iasi, These activities have been backed up by daily activities on the Educational Centers both for pre-school children as well as for the children that are already going to school or that intend on going to school but haven’t had the chance so far.

Mobile School activity
Mobile School activity
Cantemir activity
Cantemir activity
May 13, 2019

During the winter time

During the winter it is impossible for the team that runs activities with the Mobile School to organize activities outdoor. This is why, starting November and sometimes until the end of April the almost the entire activity moves in the Educational Centers. This is where children have the chance to spend quality time after they finish classes every day during the week.

Quality time means that some of them get to watch cartoons (as they don’t have electricity at home), some of them get to play games that they can’t play anywhere else some of them get to talk to an adult in a secure environment about topics that present relevance to them. This is no little thing, as in their life outside of the Educational Centers, the adults around them either don’t have the time, or the knowledge or the will to it down and talk to them. For others he Centers are just a warm place where they can spend some hours instead of being on the streets, but they are welcome nonetheless, since we consider that the less time they spend in the street, the less they expose themselves to risks or marginalization.

Close to 100 children have visited the Educational Centers over the winter months, and most of them have done that almost every day. That is a sign of appreciation for the activities we propose to them and the time they spend together with us.

As the spring is coming, we will be able to visit them in the community and to bring the Mobile School with us. Alongside the Centers, this will ensure further impact to our wok and will contribute to changing these children’s lives for the better.

Feb 12, 2019

The Educational Centre -when the winter is coming

Talking about education
Talking about education

The Mobile School is educational tool for non-formal education that can be used in a multiple of outdoor sets, due to its construction. However, snow and cold are not part of these sets. In our region winter often begins mid-October or the beginning of November, which forces us to move our activities of non-formal education in the Education Center exclusively, until the winter passes (which, usually, happens in April). This being said, it’s not necessarily a bad change. Here children have access to a variety of activities: educational recovery activities, plying, watching cartoons, and counseling.

Just having a warm space where they can spend quality time, and not being in the street, would be for us a step forward for most of the children attending the Center. This way, they avoid a lot of risks and exposure to negative behaviors and marginalization that have a bad impact on their development and self-esteem. Furthermore, during their staying in the Center they have the opportunity to improve their independent life skills and work on their social and communication abilities. Sometimes, they even choose to spend their time on the Center to watch cartoons, since most of them don’t have a TV at home and some of them don’t even have electricity. For several hours a day, the children that we work with have the chance to feel like normal children: respected, cared for, challenged in a positive environment, appreciated, valued for what they can be and not for where they live or how they look.

Every day from Monday to Friday around 100 children visit our two educational centers where they also receive a snack, but most importantly for them, they receive love and attention. Sometimes, the educational recovery happens on its own, just by creating the proper environment for these children to be able to be curios and to explore their talents.

All these are indicators that motivate us to continue the work we are doing in the Educational Center and with the Mobile School (during the warm time of the year) and to try to improve as much as possible the situation of the children in need in our region.

Saying `Yes` to School
Saying `Yes` to School
Develpoing math skills
Develpoing math skills
 
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