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Sep 25, 2019

Alone or together?

“If you do it alone, you’ll make it faster, if you do it as a team, you’ll do it better” this was the conclusion from one participant after they had the challenge of doing some laps all together at the same rythm. 

Becoming a team is a process, with it logical ups and downs, and when facing rough times, which happens inevitably is when the true spirit of the team comes to light. 

So, while playing a match against another team, one of the participants, Julia,  was having a really off day, and was struggling to stop the ball and continue with the passes, her teammates quickly realized the situation and gave constant support to her, however- at some point, one of them, Nadia,  lost her temper and shouted angrily at her. This was a great teaching and reflecting moment, as Nadia realized her shouting did nothing to help solve the problem Julia was facing, on the contrary it only made her more nervous and insecure.  Definitely a lesson learnt to think before reacting. 

On a general note, early september, we had our first ever “Sports for development -S4D- Academy” a week of traning for eight coaches from the country on S4D , delivered by our team and two international friends and coaches, Paula Korsakas from Brazil and Bongiwe Nhleko from South Africa. The graduation for the academy members was to prepare a training session for our participants. It was a great day of training, learning and fun!

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Sep 25, 2019

Learning through play

Technology has become the answer to many of our everyday questions, and for the participants, it is also the answer on how to prepare the afternoon snack, while choosing between hot chocolate or tea, cereals or sandwiches- all through algoritms and apps. 

The activity meant lots of programing steps, and of course not getting it right the first time, so lots of patience and logical thinking was required, both skills that we consider fundamental for life. 

During all this time, kids have continue to learn basics of coding and robotics, having a lot of fun while doing it, and trying different ways to work and collaborate, in groups of different sizes, pairs and on their own- finding that team work is always more fun and productive. 

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Jul 1, 2019

Coding for climate change

As the year unfolds a new group of participants starts to learn about coding and developing a passion for it, maybe the most important part is  to answer the question How can technology help us solve our problems? 

With that question in mind and after inspiring the participants with a video on climate change, they made a brainstorming session and created a system to water plants and to measure the humidity in the soil for a good use of water. It is a first step, but a question that remains for them to continue to think on opportunities. 

During all this time, kids have been learning basics of coding and robotics, having a lot of fun while doing it, and trying different ways to work and collaborate, in groups of different sizes, pairs and on their own- finding that team work is always more fun and productive. 

As always, thanks for your support, and please continue to follow us through our social media accounts - Facebook - Twitter & Instagram

 
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