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Nov 15, 2018

Autumn Action in Neukolln

Sports and Fun at the Autumn Holiday Camp
Sports and Fun at the Autumn Holiday Camp

An autumn to be proud of 

Throughout October and November, a lot happened in the project RespAct – strengthening neighbourhood networks. Our Autumn Action Camp took place from the 22nd - 26th of October at the Theodor-Storm-Primary-School and the Albert-Schweizer-Gymnasium. The participants learned interesting facts about the environment and sustainability. By involving them in doing handicrafts, in clean-ups and redesign activities for their environment, the children were enabled to take over responsibility for their own neighbourhood. The RespAct team guided them through the interactive programme days which were conceptualised based on the age of the participants. The days were packed with

  • sport activities and district actions
  • neighbourhood rallies, city and nature excursions
  • up-cycling workshops
  • making of music instruments
  • cultivating ownherb beds.

The final highlight was celebrated with an autumn summit in the town hall of Neukölln, where the children proudly presented their results. They for instance showed their enthusiasm by playing their homemade musical instruments. Different representatives from political, environmental and social institutions visited the summit showing the importance and recognition of the project and the holiday camp.

Project Week at the Alfred-Nobel-Schule

Just two weeks after the succesful holiday camp a project week with a welcome class took place at the Alfred-Nobelschule school in the south of Neukölln. Children from seven different nations took part in this week. Together with the two coaches, a variety of activities were implemented which promoted communication skills, language skills, trust and self-confidence. On top of that, the children learned about and experienced their neighbourhood by doing field trips and interactive environmental education activities. A perfect welcome and start at a new school.

Building a biodom at the Autumn Holiday Camp
Building a biodom at the Autumn Holiday Camp
Handicrafts at the Autumn Holiday Camp
Handicrafts at the Autumn Holiday Camp
Upcycling Workshop at the Autumn Holiday Camp
Upcycling Workshop at the Autumn Holiday Camp
Intercultural Tree at the Alfred-Nobel-Schule
Intercultural Tree at the Alfred-Nobel-Schule
Biodom and portraying at the Alfred-Nobel-Schule
Biodom and portraying at the Alfred-Nobel-Schule

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Oct 29, 2018

Boxgirls spreading the word - be part of it!

Boxgirls group ready for their event
Boxgirls group ready for their event

… The Boxgirls team has been busy in the last months compiling all our experiences and tools together to create the Boxgirls Manual – Life skills and sports for strong girls and safe communities!

This manual gives a first insight into Boxgirls methodologies developed and revised in the practical implementation of our award-winning programmes internationally. It is directed at practitioners interested in including girls’ empowerment sessions within existing offerings, or for those who want to establish a new initiative to empower girls within their communities. The sessions are designed to foster the self-confidence, stress relief, violence negotiation skills and healthy relationships of girls from nine to thirteen, but can also be adapted for other age groups.

 

Check it out on our newly designed website and download your Boxgirls manual to start an initative to empower girls in your community!

www.boxgirls.org

 

Thanks to your support Boxgirls South Africa has impacted the lives of 110 girls in the last months!

 

Holidays with Boxgirls

“I like that I can come to Boxgirls in my holidays. It is really fun and we learn a lot of things. I liked the treasure hunt the most and to be with my friends.” – Anelisiswe – 12 years

In this year’s winter holidays in South Africa in July we started our next Boxgirls Holiday Club for one week in Khayelitsha Harare with 50 girls. At the holiday Club the girls have the chance to participate in a program combining sports, stress relief and discussions around self-confidence, identity and setting the own borders.

It was a great week of learning and fun!

 

Representing Boxgirls on a panel discussion and in the community

Our Head Coach Thembisa Ngamlana was representing Boxgirls South Africa’s work on the panel discussion of the women’s event hosted by Laureus Sport for Good Foundations South Africa. These events are a great opportunity for us to represent the needs of the girls in Khayelitsha, their dreams and how life skill and sports can make a change in girls life’s.

 

Our Boxgirls organized two events at their schools to promote for strong girls and safe communities. We invited parents and teachers to join them and learn from our Boxgirls how to stand up for yourself and what it means to fight against violence against children and women.

 

Coming up…

This week we start the last school term with our Boxgirls, which means it is exam time and we will focus on learning methods and revising Maths and English. Learning in a group is more fun and to motivate eachother for the exams gives the right spirit to reach out for good grades on years end.

From the 26th of November until the 7th of December we start our two week Holiday Club for 100 girls in Khayelitsha.

Boxgirls Coach Thembisa at panel discussion
Boxgirls Coach Thembisa at panel discussion
Boxgirls presenting
Boxgirls presenting

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Jun 27, 2018

RespAct in the neighborhood to empower kids

We are working together with children, families and educators to take our program to more neighbourhoods but that is not new. New is that we our focusing on networks like resident's board, neighborhood comittee, district communitees, networks against violence, organisations for equality and institutions for self empowerment. 

This way we were able to connect to way more people who work with kids & youngsters. People who work daily with or for them. And ta da … now we have reached more than 700 educators, teachers and social workers to help develop our sports and democracy modules in workshops representing over 300 schools, youth clubs and sport institutions.

Over

50 Schools

500 kids & youngsters

700 educators, teachers & social workers 

Here in Berlin we have continued to be visible and promoting RespAct at small and large events. From June 2017 till July 2018 we lead sports activities and discussions at local neighbourhood events organized by educational institutions over to huge conferences by the Senate Administration for Education, Youth and Family.

 

Summer Camp 2017

One of our biggest events in 2017 was the Summer Camp 2017 with about 100 children and youngsters from over 7 schools and over 25 partners. It took place for 10 days and brought together participants from 8-14 from Welcome classes who just arrived in Germany or with a migration background. We did this with kids speaking over 10 different languages – none of them German. In fall 2018, we will launch an autumn camp of 10 days and we have over 30 partners already wanting to join. We will have over 120 kids and will keep growing. In Berlin, we work in the districts Mitte, Kreuzberg and Neukölln which created a network of over 50 schools. 

Help us to reach more kids and start new summer camps in 2018!

Sincerely,

Your RespAct Team

 
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