Zartonk-89

Zartonk-89 strives to support community development, help single parent, parentless and needy children, teenagers and youth to solve their educational, social, health, juridical problems, provide them with mental, physical development and life improvement.
Oct 28, 2016

Learning from failures is the way to go further

Learning from failures
Learning from failures

As Exupéry said, children are flowers born with their knobs down.  Exactly form that moment they need protection and care.  Only due to that they will have healthy and happy childhood.  In addition to this, our children need proper and measured upbringing.

Our organization was trying to overcome poverty and illiteracy in 10 regions of Armenia offering 150 working children to take part in special trainings and obtain basic education under working circumstances.

     Basic education was designed for the child that’s why very simple material was chosen.  However, there were also complicated themes, which were not mastered by children immediately.  That's why the in addition to the material of basic education, interactive games were conducted, through which easy and interesting representation of the basic educational material became possible. 

We admit that our first failure was connected with non-proportion and large-volume of the educational material.

There are some general requirements distinguished by our organization while conducting the games for the basic education.  They contribute to the development of thinking, enlarge their outlook.  There are some points in games that should be considered, however our organization had some failures in those points.  Those points are the followings:

-the game should be conducted, leaded, interfered in case of necessity, but they should not be oppressed

-each participant should have the opportunity to express initiative

-the principles of freedom and voluntary should be primary in the games; there should not be any imposing

-the content, rules and conditions of the game should be clear and comprehensible for children.

During the group work with children we distinguished some points that are some of our failures and will definitely lead us during the future process of the project:

-to choose a comfortable room for the group work implementation.  It is not desirable to have many things there, which can distract the children's attention.

In case of possibility, to choose comfortable chairs.  The children are not desired to sit around tables, they are better to sit in round

-it is desired to prepare all the material before the meeting

-to pick up «Do not disrupt» signboard before the meeting, to warn children onsecrecy, which means not to tell the speech of group participants to other people out of the group

-to encourage children to speak about their feelings and to present their experience

-to help children to take responsibility for their behave

The child feels satisfaction when she/he studies and works with pleasure.  When there is a comfortable environment in the group, the participants work with confident and seek to learn and create.  Games are one of the most effective methods to create such environment.

Our trainers conducting group activities have to have appropriate preparedness, and it is important to remember while working with children that they are more sensible and vulnerable, than adults.  Group work is a very powerful influence method, which can be effective, but also can make emotional pain and strong feelings.  That's why trainer managing the children group, should have group work experience and continuously increase his/her professional abilities.

Non-engagement of games and exercises having great refreshing influence in the project is also a failure as children got tired of learning process fast and needed refreshing.  We are planning also to add refreshing and animating games in the curriculum, which will contribute to focusing attention of the children.

     The limit of the number of children

Many children wanted to participate, however the number of project participants was limited and the money would not be enough to engage more children.  We do not consider this fact as a failure as our organization is going to invest its whole capacity to contribute to the continuousness of the project and engagement of new children.

In many regions area was an issue, and regional group managers have tried to solve that issue by conducting lessons in the open air.

Our failure in this is connected with non-engagement of psychologists in some stages of the project.

One more issue is to be distinguished.  The teachers are only 5-7 years older than the participants and they also need education and self-perfection.  They lack experience and retraining and try to fill that gap with the help of consult with the other members of the organization.  However, only advice would not help as they should also be good pedagogues to understand the participants well.  For example, there was a boy amongst the project participants in one of our regions, who was very aggressive and maybe had psychological problems.  Psychological skills were necessary to work with him, and the trainer could master them only in case of passing retraining.  In order to solve this problem special course with the engagement of psychologists were conducted.

In other region we had a failure again as the trainers were boys and had chosen only boys as project participants.  This brought to gender inequality and did not ensure engagement of two sexes.  This problem was solved during the second stage by engaging representatives of both sexes.

One of the most important moments of the relationship between trainer and child is the ease communication and sharing between them.  Setting such relationships and reaching open conversations require time, persistence and understanding.  Trainers should provide time to have time with each child individually, especially, when there is a necessity to speak about the problems exciting children.

Definitely we may admit responsibility as the obstacles aroused later could be considered.  However, nothing is ideal and, of course, seeking for perfection should not stop.

 

One may continuously learn from false and failures and our organization doesn't miss any opportunity to learn and become perfect.  Our failures taught us to be more reasonable and attentive while implementing the projects and to contribute to the retraining of the trainers in a great part.

    Now, while implanting the other stages of the project, we are using all that we have learned from our failures.  We are conducting special trainings with the trainers, prepare them psychologically in order that they implement easily and effectively the courses with children.  We are adding many new games and exercises as the project gives non-formal education.  The trainers also pass special courses - “Facilitation skills” in order to be able to work skillfully with children. 

At the end, we want to remember the popular idea of Coco Chanel:

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”  

During the lesson
During the lesson
Individual work with children
Individual work with children
Teamwork
Teamwork

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Sep 21, 2016

Your contribution to our acquirement

ICT as a tool for young voices
ICT as a tool for young voices

The whole staff of "Zartonk-89" NGO wants to inform with pleasure that "ICT as a tool for young voices" project was selected as GlobalGiving's Project of the Month for September 2016.  This selection is very important for us, for which we are thankful to the whole staff of GlobalGiving and, of course, to all our donors.  This donation will be directed to the progress and development of information and communication technology in the Republic of Armenia, as well as to the revelation and solution of community issues.  The potential, engagement and readiness of active and motivated young people from 11 communities of RA will be the basis for all these processes.

"Zartonk-89" NGO have repeatedly implemented social queries, which have help us to understand well the state of communities, the problems there and to find solutions to them.  Meanwhile, our beneficiaries are given the opportunity to say their words to the donors and to thank them both orally and through beautiful posters made by them.  We are planning to contribute to the project in two main directions; through providing with theoretical and practical knowledge, as well as skills to our beneficiaries.  Our young community experts, acquiring knowledge, will conduct meetings on modern digital technology progress and acquirement knowledge in this sphere in their communities sharing with their experience.  Besides, there will be practical trainings, during which our beneficiaries will have the opportunity to make use of digital technology and to practice it.

"Zartonk-89" NGO will conduct regular meetings, seminars both in the organization and remote provinces in order to provide with necessary information and contribution.  We value the young people's opinions and offers and aspiration to be educated, aware and to solve the challenges in their communities.

Vigen Mkrtchyan, the leader of "ICT as a Tool for Young Voices" project, wants to say his word and thank our donors and of course the whole staff of GlobalGiving.

Hello, I am Vigen.  The whole staff of our organization and I want to express our great appreciation and gratitude to you for this great input, which will be directed to the implementation of earth-changing ideas in the world, and particularly in Armenia.  We say with confidence that we will direct this donation to the improvement of ICT capacities and skills of the young people from the regions of RA.  Once again, thank all our donors for always being here for us.  We value your great gesture, which will be the basis in the future for the development and enlargement of this sphere.

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Sep 15, 2016

The Bonus Day and our progress

The children are preparing for the Bonus day 1
The children are preparing for the Bonus day 1

"Zartonk-89" NGO continues to realize the project "Providing education for 150 children in Armenia" in various communities and villages of the distant regions of RA.  The organization arranged again a visit to Khor Virap community of Ararat region aiming to hear so important opinions and offers of our beneficiaries - children.  The beneficiaries of the project, the volunteers of the organization, the person responsible for the project of Khor Virap community - Astghik and others were present at the meeting.  The meeting with the children was held at the garden, where the children shared with their offers in the fresh air and surrounded with beautiful scenes of the nature.  Each of them had the opportunity to freely express their own opinion related the future course of the project.  Then the person responsible for the project of the community - Astghik, together with the volunteers of the organization, conducted a small painting contest aiming to let the children depict phenomena and symbols characterizing their future profession through the amazing language of painting.  The children were painting with a great enthusiasm and using colored pencils and papers to illuminate their paintings.  That moment was very important for us because it seemed that the great desire of becoming a good specialist (doctor, musician, engineer, designer etc.) and contributing to our society was growing up in them. 

In the result the children had the opportunity to present their paintings, why they had selected that profession, to ask the questions exciting them.  The representatives of our organization promised the children to conduct such meetings often and provide with popular materials on their professions.  We think that such meetings are very important for children and are aimed at making the children feel the necessity of becoming competent specialist.  At the meeting we presented the children the important Bonus day.  They got informed that it will be held on September 21th and will last from 6:00:01 AM to 23:59:59 PM EDT.  The response of the children was enthusiastic.  They called on our donors to make donations contributing to the project.  Here is Abraham's call to donors.

       Hello, I am Abraham, I live in Khor Virap community in Ararat region.  I want to call on all our donors of our project to make donation on Bonus Day and help my friends and me.  I want to become an engineer and depicted my profession today.  I am very happy that there are people in the world who are ready to help us.

The children are preparing for the Bonus day 2
The children are preparing for the Bonus day 2
The call of Abraham
The call of Abraham

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