First day at school
Following three weeks of intensive training learning story telling techniques, reading mediation and also how to do puppet theater performances, the 20 teenagers from the project are now ready to dive into what will be their day to day activities for the next 8 months bringing joy and stories to 5,200 elementary school children.
This week, they finally got to start work in the schools and as Julia, the project coordinator says, "amongst high levels of anxiety, it was very clear how enthusiastic, curious and with high expectations that the group had about being able to put into practice all they have learned." Michele who coordinates deliver by the teens added "inspite of the insecurity that the teenagers were feeling, they were very well received by the teachers and the children which encouraged them in their work".
Kora who is the pedagogical coordinator at one of the partner schools, Piró, told us that "It is a great pleasure to have the project in our school because in this way we can offer a greater diversity of content to our children."
It has been marvelous to see every morning and afternoon the group of gregarious teenagers preparing to go out to do sessions in schools, laden down with all the story books that they will be reading and sharing with the little children. Two of them shared some initial thoughts with us about how it has been for them to start working in the schools, delivering activities to children whilst they are still students at High School. Diego: "I was feeling a little insecure but I was really surprised by the reception we had from the children, they were overjoyed with our presence and eagerly took part in all the activities that we offered them;" Matheus shares "I was afraid that I would not be accepted and that the children would laugh at me, but all the children wanted us to be there. It is an amazing exchange of feelings!"
Warming up for a Reading Session
Training Session for the Teenagers
Finished training and ready to go!