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After School Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH

by Bosana Foundation
After School Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
After School Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
After School Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
After School Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
After School Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
After School Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
After School Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
After School Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
After School Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
After School Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
After School Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
After School Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
After School Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
After School Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
Robotics classes as part of Afterschool program
Robotics classes as part of Afterschool program

BOSANA FOUNDATION

After School Program Report

June – September 2019

 

Number of volunteer instructors:17

Average number of students:70

Number of workshops held:4 times a week for three hours  

Type of classes held: Intro to Math, English, German, Physics, chemistry, Agro & Eco math and extracarricular activities like a handicrafts, robotics and programing, jewlery making.

Due to numerous requests to do an overview of our Afterschool program, this report is more focused on looking back at our 10 years - a big milestone!

 

Looking back at our achievements

Afterschool program has been implemented since 2009 at the Zenica Orphanage and one of its goals is to help the kids from orphanage, our beneficiaries, with school and grades to ease their life by engaging them in various social activities. 50 to 70 beneficiaries participate in this program monthly where they attend educational workshop. The workshop is led by volunteers, some who are also Bosana scholarship recipients, who help beneficiaries with homework and studying. The educators are truly engaged which results in beneficiaries’ improvement in school. The greatest proof for our effort comes when at the end of school year there are no beneficiaries failing at any of the subjects (which was very frequent before our program).

It is not only about teaching and helping beneficiaries with their homework; it is also about having fun too. Many prominent professors and famous people come to visit the beneficiaries at the orphanage and help them as they knew. Beneficiaries had a chance to celebrate holidays, have parties, go to the cinema, theatre, city’s library, etc.

The program’s biggest success is when the beneficiaries feel they have overcome difficulties and have achieved something new. Adis, who was 10 when he first attended extra lessons from Math and English, is now 20 years old and he studies architecture at the International University of Sarajevo. He attended almost every lesson of the program, and he overcame many difficulties with his studies. However, his persistence paid off and he received a scholarship and is now a successful student.

It is worth mentioning also that this program started with one educator and now there are up to 20 educators who are willing to help whenever they are invited.

Another student we are particularly proud off and would like to mention is Edin D. who is a student of engineering in Zenica. Edin started attending the program in 2009 and had difficulties with math and physics. He said that this program helped him in making a decision about what university to attend. He chose to study engineering because he enjoyed the way teachers/volunteers explained the lessons. It was like a game, he said.

The program is successful due to hardworking and enthusiastic teachers/volunteers and their lovely students willing to attend the lessons after their regular lessons at school. The program itself has 30 hours of work monthly, what is about 360 hours per year and more than 3 600 for the past ten years. There are 7 successful students and 2 of them are seniors. Yet another successful year!

Our Workshops in programing and robotics, creative workshops

For the past ten years of the Afterschool program, beneficiariess attended various creative workshops (decoupage, decorating old items, jewelry making, silk and foil drawing) which were led by professional educators. Some beneficiaries have also exhibited their items at a couple of fairs. Creative workshops were mostly attended by girls from 5th grade onwards. The handicrafts they made looked amateur at first, but day by day the girls progressed and their work became more and more beautiful and professional. There are two girls still living at the orphanage making handicrafts and that’s how they earn pocket money.

Through educational workshops we have also involved about 50 beneficiaries in robotics and programming. 10 girls and 10 boys attended lessons regularly for a year. Beneficiariess were thrilled when they saw robots. They immediately started programming in the applications. They learned web programming (html, css, bootstrap, java script, query) Out of 20 students who attended this workshop, all of them have successfully completed but 5 of them are actively engaged in programming. One guy who graduated from high school has left the orphanage and now works at a programming company in Zenica. It all started in our Afterschool program.

Parties, Gatherings and Holiday Shows

While talking to the beneficiaries who attended different workshops they told us how important all these workshops were for them. Educators were many times their best friends who helped them with some private problems all well. They helped them to become better people and more socially active.Beneficiaries had a chance to travel, to have parties, to meet some famous musicians like Armin Muzaferija, Balkanerosi, etc. Each year, we celebrate holidays and mark various important events just to bring a smile to their face and to make their life better.
During Ramadan we prepare a religious dinner called iftar where all beneficiaries enjoy the meal together. Statehood Day and Independence Day are also celebrated by organizing different competitions, quizzes about our country. They also attend all important public and administrative institutions so they could do everything by themselves in the future. They went to the theatre where they got a chance to see how plays were made.

Achievements in these months:

  • Leisure that is used productively through creative and IT workshops
  • Beneficiaries and young people showed great interest and talent
  • Beneficiaries’ desire to learn and achieve better results in school
  • A primary school pupil successfully passes the entrance examination for enrolment in high school
  • Boys and girls showed great interest in IT
  • Beneficiaries are ready to perform the practical skills they have gained at the workshops

Plans for the future month:

  • Instructional lessons, following the success of the beneficiaries in school an assisting them
  • Foreign programming and language learning
  • Beneficiaries acquiring the skills to be self-sufficient
  • Inclusion of beneficiaries and young people in educational project writing workshops and practical demonstration for starting independent businesses
  • Educational and strengthening the beneficiaries’ home beneficiaries
  • Programming and robotics
Breaking Fast in Orphanage with benficiaries
Breaking Fast in Orphanage with benficiaries

BOSANA FOUNDATION

After School Program Report

April - June 2019

 

Number of volunteer instructors:14

Average number of students:75

Number of workshops held:4 times a week for three hours  

Type of classes held: Intro to Math, English, German, Physics, chemistry, Agro & Eco math and extracarricular activities like a handicrafts, robotics and programing, jewlery making.


Program Summary:

During this reporting period, the instructions were directed to help students learn things that they needed help with to improve their grades. The great interest among our students at the "After School" program and the intensity that they show for programming, robotics and creative workshops shows that we are on the pulse what matters to the students.

Instructive lessons

During the months of April, May and June the beneficiaries regularly attended instructive teaching, eduactional – creative workshops and programin and robotics workshops. In the month of April there was a great amount of interest for the instructions in mathematics, physics and computer sciences. Pupils from grades 4 through 9 mostly attended instructions in mathematics. Pero is a pupil in the 9th grade who had difficulties with mathematics. He wasn't able to learn the basic lessons but was about to finish elementary school, and with the bad grades in mathematics it would have been difficult for him to enroll in the high school that he wanted. So we ended up doing instructive teaching with him four times a week and each lesson lasted three hours. He attended regularly and in a short time the improvement were visible. After about a month he started improving his grades and even got praises by his teacher for his work. That day he came into lessons greatful about proud for improving his grades. The instructors were very happy about this as they knew that he had been working hard. He continued improving as the months passed and corrected his grade from an F to a B.

We also helped Pero prepare for the admission exam for the high school he wanted to attend, which he passed with ease. It was a great achievement for us all but also for Pero who put in a lot of effort. In the After School program, within the last 3 months there were 65 beneficiaries that attended the program. Most of the pupils that atended our lessons were from the 9th grade. The pupils that atended high school had the most problems in mathematics, physics, chemistry, english and german.

Workshops in programing and robotics, creative workshops and music workshops

During the before mentioned months besides lessons in the After School program there was a large interest in additional workshops. These included programing, robotics, creative workshops, drawing, painting, painting on foil and making jewelry. The programing and robotics workshops was attended by 65 children. In the period we worked with children we noticed great results in the fields of programing and robotics. Twenty attendees successfuly completed courses in HTML and CSS, and Java scrypt. They had the oppurtunity to get to know each other and learn how to make a 3D object and print it on a 3D printer. We used Fusion360, a very complex and advanced program.

The advantage of the program is that it allows the testing of a concept or product within the program ie simulating loads, testing the strength of materials and the model. This workshop was attended by 30 beneficiaries. There was a workshop in C++ which was attended by 22 beneficiaries and all of them passed it. Besides showing interest in STEM workshops there was a lot of interest shown in the art workshops, some of which were drawing, drawing on foil decoupage etc. Workshops were held twice a week in the afternoon hours. The beneficiaries were thankful that the After School program gave them a chance to learn and show their skills and apply the knowledge they gained. A few of the girls that had finished high school have taken the knowledge gained in the workshops to earn some money by creating 3d models. During the month of June we had organized workshops in bussines planing, and workshop relating to starting bussineses with the goal of supporting and helping children and youth to start their own bussinesses.

Parties, Gatherings and Holiday Shows

In the After School program we tried to have a diverse curriculum but besides the workshops and instructive lessons to have time for fun and socializing. In May during the month of Ramadan we organized an iftar for the children and instructors. The children and youth said that they were very happy with the iftar and that they enjoyed spending time with the instructors as well as each other. In order to promote love and understanding of other religions and other people we organized a tour of the religous buildings in the city of Zenica. We went to Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Sinagouge, the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church. The children and youth were fascinated and say that the experience introduced them to religous buildings that they formerly didnt know much about but were aware of them. We also held educational workshops on healthy lifestyles. One of the workshops was on the theme of the harm of shisha with the slogan „I chose health not shisha“. The workshop had signifacnt interest and there was interaction with the children and youth. By alking to them we realized that we were able to get through to them about the dangerous of shisha.

Plans for the upcoming quarter

Plans for July August and September are to continue working with our beneficiaries and to guide them during the summer holidays to learn as much as possible trough practical work so that they could atain knowledge through the workshops and in the future become an entrepreneur. In september we plan to increase the amount of lessons held as the school year begins. We also wish to help young people that finish high school and are unemployed to find jobs and qualify to programing and robotics. Its our goal to make them socialy active and hard working members of society.

Achievements in these months:

  • Leisure that is used productively through creative and IT workshops
  • Children and young people showed great interest and talent
  • Children's desire to learn and achieve better results in school
  • A primary school pupil successfully passes the entrance examination for enrolment in high school
  • Boys and girls showed great interest in IT
  • Children are ready to perform the practical skills they have gained at the workshops
robotics and programming workshop
robotics and programming workshop
Celebrating BH Independence Day
Celebrating BH Independence Day

BOSANA FOUNDATION

After School Program Report

January - March 2019

 

Number of volunteer instructors:15

Average number of students:70

Number of workshops held:3 times a week for three hours  

Type of classes held:Intro to Math, English, German, Physics, chemistry, Agro & Eco math and extracarricular activities like a handicrafts, robotics and programing, jewlery making.


Program Summary:

During this reporting period, being the period of exams and end of one semester, the instructions were directed to help students learn things that they would need to succesfuly pass their classes and improve bad grades. We also focused this quarter on programming and robotics, as well as the creative workshops.

Instructive lessons

In the month of January our Afterschool program participants who attend elementary and high school were on vacation. Only 7 program participants had lectures and final exams for the winter semester. Through the vacation period for the month of January, we organized various educationally and creative workshops three times a week. Workshops in the field of programming and robotics, English language, German language, drawing on a foil, iron drawing, etc. were attended by 70 of our Afterschool program participants. In February and March we held instructions three times a week, sometimes as needed up to five times per week. Particular progress we noticed noticed participants like Diana, who is a 9-year-old girl with a learning disability. She has had a lot of bad math grades since mid January when we started tutoring her in mathematematics, physics and English, but in March we started noticing progress. Three times a week we practiced mostly mathematics because her mathematics posed the biggest problem. Through work with volunteers who are professors of mathematics and informatics Diana started to handle tasks on her own. Apart from Diana, 70 of them have progressed in the subject of mathematics, informatics, foreign languages. Muhamed is another participants that we helped improve his math grades. Muhammad had a problem with mathematics in the field of intregrals and functions. We practiced with him five times a week. After a month of intensive work, we did not see any success and even thought Muhamed had tried he still received negative grades. Only after the third month of hard work and learning with Muhamed the results turned positive.

Workshops (Programing, Robotics and Creative)

During the month of January, February and March, aside from the regular instructions under the After School program, we also held workshops related to programming and robotics. The workshops were attended by 58 participants. We taught them how to construct a robot and how to program it. We divided them by the age. Children from 7 to 10 years of age, attended the home of Lego WeDo2 and Lego Boost, where they had the possibility to develop their competential skills and constructive ability to build a robot in the first part of the workshop, and then program it through the programming language Scratch, Makeblock, etc. In Addition to education and workshops in the field of robotics and programming, our participants have had the opportunity to attend workshops in the field of creative workshops (Decoupage, iron drawing, drawing on foil, making jewelry). About 50 participants showed interest in these creative workshops for decoupage, drawing with an iron that was very interesting to them.

Parties, Gatherings and Holiday Shows

As part of the After School Program, we have also made an effort to create some free time and fun activities for socializing. To familiarize our program participants with the Institutions in the City of Zenica we continued with visits in January and February. We visited the Institute for Health and Food Safety where participants were informed about the services, activities and work of this public health institution. We visited the ZEDA-Zenica development agency, social protection Centre, youth Centre INPUT, Cantonal Hospital, as well as Retirement Home. Our goal was to make our participants acquainted with these institutions, see how they work. For 1st of March – BIH Independence Day - we organized an all day fun gathering with sweets and muffins and flags of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Each year, our participants are delighted with this entertainment and socializing. Besides celebrating Independence Day, we also marked and celebrated a few more birthdays as well.

Plans for next quarter

Our plans for for the following quarter are to continue to work with our program participants in the field of instructive teaching to help them, and on the other hand to complete their free time with educational activities. Starting with mid-June, once the summer holiday starts, we have planned to increase our activities and to include older children and minors in some of our summer actives and projects to do something useful by earning allowance. We will continue to work on educating participants in the field of robotics and expanding their knowledge and developing their competences. For some, it is also our goal to help them complete requirements to graduate from high school. We are also planning to organize workshops about self-confidence as well as writing business plans. We want to establish and encourage our participants who have no job to learn how to be entrepreneurs. We plan to initiate education of self-sustainability to teach participants to be independent and to lead their own lives.

Participants programming robotics
Participants programming robotics
Afterschool program Extracurricular activities
Afterschool program Extracurricular activities

BOSANA FOUNDATION

After School Program Report

October – December 2018

 

 

Number of volunteer instructors:11

Average number of students: 55

Number of workshops held: 3 times a week for three hours  

Type of classes held: Intro to Math, English, German, Physics, Chemistry, Agro & Eco math and extracurricular activities like a handicrafts, robotics and programing, jewlery making.


Program Summary:

During this reporting period, the instructions were geared towards helping student prepare for the end of the year exams while also providing some fun extracurricular activities to balance the stressful period. The attendance was higher than usual as expected due to exams so this posted a bit of a problem managing all students; however, the results were very good based on students grades.  

 

Instructive lessons

In the month of October the youth from the Zenica orphanage have actively participated in lessons that were held 3 times a week from the following subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics, English, German. The lessons were held in the afternoon period when they were done with school. The largest demand was for lessons in Mathematics, Physics, English and German languages. By far the biggest issue for most students was Mathematics, where we had over 40 students from elementary school attending.

Our biggest success is a high school student by the name of Sedin who is in the 4th grade. He had issues with: functions, integrals, diferencial equations, combinatorics. While he made a great effort in overcoming the problems it was evident that he struggled with the subject. His breakthrough occurred after 3 months of studying and revisiting the subject matter. The student was tutored by a math teacher and 3 volunteer students. Sedin was commended by his math teacher and was very grateful of the help he had received, so to repay his gratitude he volunteered to help other kids at the orphanage by tutoring those that go to elementary school in math. Out of the 15 students that attend high school 13 attended the lessons and were keen to learn as well as respectful and hard working. Out of the 53 students that attended lessons all of them finished this semester with a passing grade, often getting good grades in the subjects they attended. We would also like to single out another student by the name of Besim who attends the 9th grade of elementary school. He had major issues with physics, were he had a failing grade, which he corrected to a 4 (B). We are aware of his issues of intentionaly skipping school and not attending classes, which we helped correct with the After School program. The students that attend the After School Program are extremely pleased with it and very grateful.

 

Workshops (Programing, Robotics, Creative and Music)

In the months of October, November and December most of our workshops were held during weekends but due to an increased demand and interest we introduced another time to hold them during the work week in the afternoon. The best response was received by the programing and robotics workshops, were the students attending were very excited and enthusiastic. The younger students (elementary school 1st-9th grade) were taught trough robots designed for kids to learn and embrace programing. The older students (high school) were taught various programing languages like C++, HTML, CSS, Python, etc. The workshops were attended by a total of 55 students. There is the added fact that there are 5 young people that live at the orphanage that have finished high school but do not have a job, that we are working on educating in programing to help them make a living. They have received good education from the After School Program, and trough some tests we have determined that they have truly learnt from the program as well as researched for themselves. There was a large interest in programing and robotics in girls, where the ones in elementary school went to robotics while the older ones went to programing workshops. They have learnt to assemble the robots as well as program them, use code blocks, make the sensors follow a line on the ground, etc.

Apart from workshops in robotics and programing there have been workshops in more creative and artistic subjects such as: decoupage, jewelry making, etc. Most of the interest in this was shown by the older girls, 3 of which have finished high school and were unemployed so these workshops came in handy for them to learn how to make and sell things like jewelry and decoupage. Their names are Imra, Kanita, Dijana.


Parties, Gatherings and Holiday Shows

With the After School Program we tried making it very rich, and that apart from the lessons and workshops we also have free time and time to socialise. We organized 4 visits to public institutions such as the city library, theathre, ER and the police station. Our goal was to introduce our Afterschool program participants to these institutions and how they worked.

We marked the 25th of November (a state holiday) at the orphanage where we organized a gathering with candy and cake where the kids recited poems about Bosnia and Herzegovina. After that we had some food and enjoyed some fun time while singing and hanging out. At the end of december we organized a traditional New Year's celebration where we had karaoke as well as a little competition in programming robots. The kids and youth were excited and grateful for the party and wanted us to stay there longer. They all expressed their gratitude for the After School program.

Achievements in this quarter:

  • Free time used productively through creative and IT workshops
  • Talents were exposed in workshops
  • High interest of children to regularly do homework, study and learn
  • High school student, now a college student
  • Boys and girls showed great interest towards IT
  • Children are now apt to perform hands-on work skills they acquired in the workshops

Plans for the next quarter:

  • Instructional lessons, following the success of the children in school an assisting them
  • Foreign language learning
  • Children acquiring the skills to be self-sufficient
  • Educational and strengthening the children's home children
  • Programming and robotics

The plans for the next 3 months is to continue working with our Afterschool program participants by providing lessons and workshops as well as giving them new experiences that will be fulfiling and educational, and help them for their future life. During their winter break we plan to increase the frequency of the workshops that pertain to programing and robotics as well as the creative workshops. We also plan to help those that have finished school and dont have a job by teaching them programing as their future career. We also plan to do workshops on start-ups and business development to help them further by making them more entrepreneurial. We also plan to hold workshops for self sustainability, giving the vital knowledge for after their life at the home.

Robotics Class at the Afterschool Program
Robotics Class at the Afterschool Program
STEM classes at orphanage
STEM classes at orphanage

BOSANA FOUNDATION

After School Program Report

July – September 2018

 

Number of volunteer instructors:15

Average number of students:70

Number of workshops held:3 times a week for three hours  

Type of classes held:Educational workshops in the field of information technologies, robotics and programming, use of STEMs, and methods of teaching physics, chemistry, mathematics with STEM-


Program Summary:
Months of July and August our beneficiaries were on school break. However, our afterschool program was still held 3 times a week, with activities focused on STEM, robotics and programming. In September, when the new school year began, we also shifted focus more on homework.

Instructive lessons, and Creative Workshops and IT Education

In the past three months (July, August, September) lectures and extracurricular activities were attended by 70 children from“Dom porodica”in Zenica. The first thing that was intended for us in this project was to help children with their school work and for many their new college course work. Since beneficiaries were on vacation for the month of July and August, we were working with children three times a week on course more focused on extracurricular activities. We socialized and taugh them through games of robotics and programming. Within these lectures we also organized various visits and various educational workshops and socializing. We introduced the method of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workshops. Our goal is to teach children the logic, researching and thinking of programming robots. Also developing the knowledge and competencies necessary for each child and teenager to function in the digital age. I must point out that a large number of children attended the Robotics and programming workshops during the summer. They were subdivided into small groups of 3 to 6 years old, who had used various dice and robotics for their age. Between 6 to 9 years old, they built up more complex LEGO robotics constructs and programmed them, and thus had the opportunity to learn in a simple way the logic of programming. An older group of 9 to 12 years had the opportunity to compile working robots and work on programming Arduino that can be used in the smart house system. The oldest group of 12 to 18 years had the opportunity to learn how to write basic program codes in HTML, C # and thus develop their skills and strengthen their competencies. A group of children aged 6 to 9 years old worked on mBot programming where they learned to build a small mBot and eventually program it. In the attachment you can see how one of the programs they did looks and then they transferred it to the mBot that executed those commands.

An older group from 12 to 18 years studied the programming of Lego Boost and Lego Mindstorms, as well as a small robot of COZMO through a 3-month education. They had a few theoretical lessons, and most of them were practical work. There were about 40 beneficiaries but we worked in groups of 5, maximum 8 to 10 interested students. The hours were full of the perfect atmosphere and great interest of both boys and girls. Children were very interactive and creative during the classes, which pleased us that we were able to engage them in programming and logical thinking. We realized that many of them wanted to deal with information technologies in the future, which made us very happy. You can see the picture attached with Lego Mindstorms robot that can compose the Rubik’s cube in less than two minutes.

In addition to this, students learned how to work in the Python, C #, and Java programming languages, as well as how and in what way to make the web site.

Finally, speciality of STEMA is that children, in a special way, through games, problem and project approaches develop their competences, programmers logic and structure their brains. We worked with a smaller group to adopt an algorithm, using visual programming environments adapted to their age. Our aim was to gain children and young people through games. For the upcoming months, we are keen to plan more advanced workshops and programming lessons in the field of robotics and programming.  Aside from these classes, students showed particular interest for sewing courses and workshops. We also organized classes and workshops of creative physics, chemistry, mathematics where children and young people, according to their age and class they attend in school, had the opportunity to learn school subjects in a creative and innovative way. For the following months, our goal is, in addition to basic activities, ie, learning with children, helping them with school obligations is to continue to work with children and young people in STEM education.

Achievements in this quarter:

  • Productive leisure time using creative IT workshops and STEM
  • Children showed interest and talents for robotics and programming
  • Children gained new IT skills and learned to program themselves and make the right website
  • High interest of children for IT workshops
  • Gymnasium, now a student
  • Boys and girls showed a lot of interest during the workshops and learned a lot of lessons in the field of programming and robotics
  • Three high school students enrolled in university

Plans for the future months:

  • Children acquiring the skills to be self-sufficient
  • Foreign language learning
  • Instructional lessons, following the success of the children in school an assisting them
  • Foreign language learning
  • Children acquiring the skills to be self-sufficient
  • Educational and strengthening the children's home children
  • Creative workshops, quizzes
 

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