Ongoing AfterSchool Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH

by Bosana Foundation
Ongoing AfterSchool Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
Ongoing AfterSchool Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
Ongoing AfterSchool Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
Ongoing AfterSchool Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
Ongoing AfterSchool Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
Ongoing AfterSchool Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
Ongoing AfterSchool Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
Ongoing AfterSchool Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
Ongoing AfterSchool Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
Ongoing AfterSchool Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
Ongoing AfterSchool Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
Ongoing AfterSchool Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
Ongoing AfterSchool Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
Ongoing AfterSchool Tutoring for 70 orphans in BIH
Online Math Class
Online Math Class

BOSANA FOUNDATION

After School Program Report

 

Number of volunteer instructors: 5

Average number of students: 50

Number of workshops held:2 times a week for two hours  

Type of classes held:

Introduction to math, physics, chemistry, English, German and extracurricular activities such as creative guitar workshops and decorating subjects..

Additional.classes

We have been working with kids and youth from Zenica orphanage using different online platforms such as Zoom, kahoot and mathcad due to pandemic covid 19 in January, February and March. In January we have educated kids and youth and we helped them with homework and all the tasks they didn't understand with online school. We also helped the kids to improve their grades from the first term. This situation continued in February, too. We divided into two groups of 25 students and youth. They complained a lot because of the online school, they didn't gain enough knowledge so that they couldn’t do their homework independently. They had to study even harder and without our help they wouldn’t make it. We made big effort with 9 grade students who experienced some problems with math and physics. We managed helping them by giving lessons on certain topics on Zoom and we solved tasks together. We experienced some internet issues but we managed to still hold online classes. Kids were happy when they received good grades and finished the projects assigned by school teachers. First graders were also in urgent need when they couldn’t finish all assignments on time. We also helped by making specific plan for them so they could follow and finish everything on time.

Online fun music and creative workshops

In January, February, and March we have organized creative workshop by reusing different trash material which we used to make some useful creations. We have also organized music workshop where we tried to teach beneficiaries to play guitar. During this period, we were not allowed to visit the orphanage so had workshops online by using the following platforms like zoom and google suite.

Despite many disadvantages of the pandemic, there is one advantage which is the knowledge of informatics and communication technologies the orphans gained.

Through online music and creative workshops the beneficiaries learned how to create something on their own. They learned how to make a vase from hard paper, glass and colors. We also taught them how to sort the trash so that they can reuse it later. We worked on their strengthening competencies, logical thinking and setting the priorities when it’s about their life. They have worked in two groups, one young and the other older group.

The students have learned how to decorate old furniture and how to make their old things like closets new and more beautiful.

Parties, hangouts and performances

All fun activities and parties were replaced by online activities. As before we organized online fun activities with caretakers, and two volunteers' help. We have organized online activities like quizzes, house party and google meet group games. There were some social games we played. It was important to bring some joy and happiness to the orphans apart from homework and all the close area activities. All the activities were organized in the afternoon. We have organized karaoke show and the orphans were so excited to sing. There were some webinars on how to become a freelance entrepreneur and about some other online jobs. We have invited a psychologist Lejla who hold a lecture about keeping the kids mental health in the pandemic period and what to do if they face difficulties.

We have celebrated March 1st The independence day of Bosnia and Herzegovina and we made some cakes and the drawing competition about our country. We rewarded the winner and were so happy about the contest itself.

Plans for the coming months:

- Creative decorating workshops

- Development of a networked educational platform and learning materials

- Guitar workshops

- Internet classes

- Webinars on the topic of socialization of children and youth during a pandemic

- Workshops in nature

Creative Workshop at orphanage
Creative Workshop at orphanage
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Online Afterschool Class
Online Afterschool Class

Number of volunteer instructors: 7

Average number of students: 50

Number of workshops held:  2 times a week for two hours  

Type of classes held:

Introduction to mathematics, physics, chemistry, English, German and extracurricular activities such as programming and robotics.

General Classes

During the past quarter, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are still unable to enter the orphanage so all of our Afterschool activities have to be held online. December was the month when the children really needed instructive classes, because they were prevented from going to school and they really needed help with homework and preparation for tests. At the end of December, as the end of the first semester is approaching, the beneficiaries of our program went to school in groups, one group of children goes one week, and another group goes the next week. It was very difficult for them, especially for students from 5th to 9th grade of primary school, when they had online classes, but they only received work materials from teachers via e-mail and google classroom.Twice a week we worked for two hours via MS Teams, Zoom and Google Meets platforms. That way, children successfully completed the first semester in December. During this period, beneficiaries were also on vacation and we organized lots of different online educational yet fun classes.

By this point, everyone is feeling burnt out from all the online classes, so we are really trying to be creative and give them fun online activities to make learning more interesting. One example is that we had a couple of students from 9th grade and first year of high school who had lots of problems with math and physics. We found a solution by writing all the formulas directly and also asked them to do a task/assignment via mobile phone or laptop and send it to us. There were a few difficulties because of bad internet connection but we managed to overcome that as well.

Online programming and robotics workshops

During these past months, besides the instructive classes of the After-school program we also actively held workshops in programming and robotics. As the situation is still bad with Covid-19, as mentioned earlier, we are not able to work with children in the classroom or to visit the orphanage, but we continued with online programming and robotics workshops. During these months, we held online classes twice a week for two groups of 25 students each. As the situation around covid19 has been going on for a year now, the children have learned to use information and communication technologies better, so it is no longer a problem for them to use various online platforms and educational programs. Through online programming and robotics workshops, we worked with children on strengthening their competencies, logical thinking towards understanding setting priorities, as well as understanding algorithms. Children were still divided into two groups, the younger group and the older group. The younger group learned through programming languages and applications such as Virtual Robotics Toolkit, Scratch, PicoBlox, ThinkerCad, Makeblock, etc. Virtual Robotics Toolkit is one great robotics and programming application for which we purchased a license and that way we were teaching children through the simulation of Lego robots to assemble and program them. There was a great interest among them, but also the will and desire to learn. Specifically, what they learned during this time is to understand logical and algorithmic thinking, and then programming and development of various applications.

The older group was full of enthusiasm and desire to learn so they tried to keep the equipment they used active and to teach them specific tasks. This group worked in HTML, CSS, Booststrap, Java Script, C++ and Pyton. At the end of this quarter, we noticed that they were better and we had given them the task of checking their knowledge during these few months.

Parties, hangouts and performances

Socializing and gatherings are reduced only to online meetings. In these previous three months we have organized with educators and two volunteers a couple of gatherings through the applications like Zoom, houseparty, Google meet. We also organized online social game evening through various web applications. For younger children, we organized a couple of online karaoke parties, where children had the opportunity to try to sing. We also organized a very interesting online gathering on the topic: Isolation over 5 days and symptoms of Covid19. The online socializing went very well and was really interesting. We also brough a psychologist Sedin who provided various consultations to the attendees and with his advice and words we wanted to encourage children and motivate them during these difficult times.

Plans for the coming months:

- Development of a networked educational platform and learning materials

- Internet classes - Implementation of IoT project for orphanage.

- Club of young robotics from 8 to 14 years

- School of young programmers for children aged 14-20

- Webinars on the topic of socialization of children and youth during a pandemic

- Education about independent living through online platforms through online workshops

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Programming robotics for the Olympic competition
Programming robotics for the Olympic competition

After School Program Report

July, August, September 2020

 

Number of volunteer instructors: 8

Average number of students:45

Number of workshops held:  2 times a week for two hours  

Type of classes held:

Introductions in mathematics, physics, chemistry, English, German and extracurricular activities such as programming and robotics.

 

Summary

During July, August and September, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we continued our activities via online platform. Since there was a school break in July and August, we organized various educational webinars.  To motivate the ones who were showing true interest, we worked with them in a way: “learn, do and earn a reward “.  A group of 10 boys and girls aged 12 to 15 took part in this challenge during July and August where they learned web programming and then created a website on their laptops.

In September, when the school started, the interest for our Afterschool program also grew because their school continued online and that posed a lot of problems for many how they will be able to learn.  Teachers and professors sent the lessons via e-mail or viber which need to be completed by a certain day and for many students not having teachers to explain what is going on this type of instructions has been a serious problem.  Our Afterschool program is now more needed than ever.  This quarter, we had 45 beneficiaries of the program attending primary and secondary school who followed our online instructional classes.

To assure best quality, we split the groups by classes, so it was easier for us to work and for them to learn new materials. For many, the teachers shortned the online classes by 30 minutes so there was not enough time to answer all the questions; therefore, participants in our program were able to ask those questions from our instructurs. We used graphic tables and better quality webcams so that we could present and explain the lessons to them in the best possible way.

Online programming and robotics workshops

Over the past quarter, we have held online workshops in the field of programming, robotics and STEM. While struggling with lack of number of laptops and tablets that the beneficiries have to participate in our online webinars, we still managed to hold several lectures.  We divided the beneficiaries into two groups. One group consisted of younger beneficiaries, ages  7 - 12  and the other group were beneficiaries ages 14 -18 years old. The younger group learned the basics of programming in the online Make Code Scratch, CodeMonkey, Tynker Coding platform where they mastered how the algorithm works, mathematically how the task is solved regardless of appearance and difficulty. The mentioned younger group had the opportunity to also participate in the development of the task during the online workshops and at the same time to see the lecturer and talk to him about the development of various projects in the field of STEM through the online platform. This helped them develop their critical thinking and their competencies and skills. Furthermore, we also worked with the younger group on the training in the field of  programming Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots. In these past months,  we have achieved success by now preparing them for the World Robotics Olympics (WRO), which is a tournament to be held on December 12, 2020 and the best winning team goes to compete at the world competition in robotics. We are now working on the virtualroboticstoolkit.com and robotvirtualworlds.com platforms where we are preparing two teams of two students per team.

For the older group,  they participated in our online programming and robotics workshops and worked on an online platform that offered the ability to program Lego Mindstorms EV3 and MicroBit devices in the MakeCode and Python programming languages.  Since they were not able to release the robots that they program in person, they had the opportunity to simulate the Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot via the online web application virtualroboticstoolkit.com and to switch online to a virtual robot after programming the Code and test the robot.

For the National Robotics Olympics, we have 4 participants who applied to take part in this competition. We have been working with them for a couple of months now and we are preparing them for the competition that will take place on December 12, 2020. The participants will have to design, construct, and program their robots to address specific challenges in the competition field. During the competition, teams collect points by completing certain tasks. We are very hopeful that our team will do well in the competition.

Parties, hangouts and performances

Socializing and gatherings are reduced only to online meetings. In the early evenings, we organized online board games via various web applications. We also organized a couple of webinars and online gatherings as well as online karaoke parties. We organized also a very interesting online webinar on the topic of Career Counseling.


Plans for the future quarter:

- Improve online learning materials for better delivery and learning purposes.

- Continue with online instructional classes

- Preparations for the competition in the World Robotics Olympics

- Hold “School of Young Programmers” for children aged 8-14

- Grand opening of the MakerSpace Center in the orphanage if the epidemiological situation improves.

- Proposal writing workshops.

- Support with activities that prepare beneficiaries for life after orphanage.

Example of one of our online classes
Example of one of our online classes
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Online Math Class with Adi
Online Math Class with Adi

BOSANA FOUNDATION

After School Program Report

April, May, June 2020

 

Number of volunteer instructors:7

Average number of beneficiaries:40

Number of workshops held:  2 times a week for two hours  

Type of classes held:

Introduction to mathematics, physics, chemistry, English, German and extracurricular activities such as programming and robotics, hand crafts and calligraphy.

Additional.classes

During months of April, May and June, we were hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and as a result we were forced to adapt how we conduct our Afterschool program. The visits to “Dom i porodica” orphanage were banned but we found ways to communicate and hold our classes. Two times a week we held two-hour online sessions on programming and robotics via Zoom.  At first, classes were hard to manage because of the technical issues, but we did not give up until we found a way. Online classes held during these three months were in maths, chemistry, English, German and programing. Classes not only help our beneficiaries with their homework as they continued home schooling, but it also helped positive contribute towards their psychological state cause being confined in a closed space took a toll on everyone. At the beginning, it was hard to explain things online, but we found ways to help participants understand how to use online tools and platforms for learning. Even more than before, we as instructors had to prepare a lot for the lessons to prepare PowerPoint or Prezi presentations. Around 40 beneficiaries continued to attend our AfterSchool program.

Online programming and robotics workshops

After our regular Zoom classes, we also held STEM and robotics workshops. The beneficiaries were very interested, but we had a lot of problems. One of our main issues were lack of reliable internet connection and laptops/tablets that the beneficiaries could use. Our instructors worked hard to solve the problem and find everyone a device to work on. We split the participants into two groups, one with younger children aged 7 - 14, and one with teenagers aged 14 - 18. The younger group had classes on basic programming in Scratch, CodeMonkey, and Tynker coding platforms where they learned about algorithms and logical problem solving. That group expressed interest to not only work on the problems they were given but also to see and hear the teacher and talk about any projects they might have had on their own. They had the opportunity to further develop their critical thinking and brainstorm various solutions to the problems.

The older group had online classes held on programing MicroBit devices in MakeCode and Python programming languages with tasks that made them further develop their critical thinking. The only downfall was that they were not able to transfer their codes and actually see the robots move. We solved that by using a simulation of Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot online that they could manipulate with. On the same application we had a virtual microcontroller that we used to work with condensers, ventilators and LED displays. We mentioned in our past report that during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, two students helped us with 3D printer make protective visors for hospital staff.


Parties, hangouts and performances

Like with everything else, all social gatherings were moved online. During the month of Ramadan, we organized one evening 50 meals for our “After school” program beneficiaries with the help of the college freshman’s in the orphanage. The “hangout” had to happen online and while it was nice, we definitely missed our in-person interactions.  We also used the application Houseparty to organize few more gatherings.

Finally, as previously mentioned, we organized online talks with a psychologist and therapist, Mr. Sedin because we wanted to make sure that the psychological state of the children at the orphanage was managed and addressed in the best way possible. The children at the orphanage spent more than 50 days in the quarantine which took a toll on everyone. Mr. Sedin provided support by answering many questions that the children had and gave them some guidance how best to manage the new “normal”.

Plans for the next quarter:

-       Continue using various online educational platforms and searching for online study materials to make our online classes more interesting and impactful.

-       Planning and realization of project IoT at the orphanage.

-       Continue our school for young programmers, ages 8-14.

-       Finalize our MakerSpace center at the orphanage that we started last September

-       Held older group of beneficiaries with writing CVs.

-       Provide training on how to plan and write projects.

-       Help those who are ready to leave orphanage adjust to more self-sufficient and independent life. 

What online programming looked like
What online programming looked like
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3D mask making against COVID-19
3D mask making against COVID-19

BOSANA FOUNDATION

After School Program Report

January - March 2020

 

Number of volunteer instructors:19

Average number of students:77

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

Type of classes held:

Introductions to Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English, German, Turkish, Agro and Eco Mathematics and extracurricular activities such as programming and robotics, handcrafts and calligraphy

Additional.classes
The end of 2019 we celebrated by preparing presents and organising a party as a reward for all the Aftershool program beneficiaries who attended our classes. In January, during winter break, we organised multiple educational and creative workshops for the beneficiaries. Already in february, we were back to work with three additional classes a week, with beneficiaries having gone back to schools and college. One student we would like to point out for trying especialy hard is Sedina, an eight grader who made big progress and with the help of our volunteers managed to fix her grade from a barely passing one to an A. Besides that, she is a very smart and creative young girl that has now made it her goal to help as many of her friends in the orphanage with their school work and grades. Another student who improved his grades a lot is Hamid, a high school senior who took our classes to obtain better grades. His grades are now excellent and with the help of our volunteers we talked him into applying for college. He plans to enroll into a software engineering college because he loves what we do at our IT workshops. Hamid had problems with math and programming. He lacked the ability of logical thinking and coming to conclusions, instead he was more of a learner by heart. Through attending our classes two times a week Hamid managed to build a skill of thinking logically and using it to solve mathematical or programming tasks our programmes gave him. Another bright example of this project is a student of polytechnic college who attends math classes two times a week, but also helps others with any IT related classes they have. During three months, up until march, our classe were attended by 77 students, divided in different groups by age and by subjects that they needed help in.

In the second week of March, the visits to the orphanage were forbidden because of an outbreak of COVID-19, but we decided to hold online classes for those who really need help with studying. We are currently in the process of organising it. This program is our way to help our beneficiaires, to help them not only study and to educate them but also show their creativity and build skills essential for their future lives, for their survival. We want them to be able to succeed just as well as anyone else despite their rough start and unfortunate circumstances.

Programming and robotics courses, creative workshops, calligraphy

In january 2020 another great thing that happened as part of the after school program is that the orphanage management gave us a room of roughly 35 square metres. Now, instead of working in common areas or having children come to the offices of local nonprofit - INPUT, we use this room for any courses, workshops or classes that we organise. All the older children gladly joined our volunteers in dusting, vacuuming, cleaning and painting the room to get it ready for our Afterschool program.

The beneficiaries were all excited to have a space where they can learn interesting things, play, be creative and build essential skills. This space is now called MakerSpace lab. There, we organise regular robotics courses, where beneficiaries can work with our robots and study them, the way they work, the way that they are made and how they can be used. Then, we programm the robots, teaching them also programming languages such as scratch, python, c++, arduino, makeblock,... they are divided into two groups. The younger ones, aged 7 to 11 work with smaller robots and learn the basics of controlling them using makeblocks block codes. They use robots like mBot, Cozmo, Codyrocky,.. Older ones work with microcontrollers, arduino and microbit. In those classes they learn how to make functional systems such as working smart doors. One of the first such courses was IoT (Internet of Things) where we taught them how to make traffic light with the help of arduino. Next, they used a microbit to make a pedometer, step counter. Children love these classes as they are a chance to learn something new.

Besides programming and robotics another interesting course is a calligraphy workshop. Here, the beneficiaries learn not only to write but also how to make calligraphy paper. It is a workshop popular not only with kids but also their caretakers.

Now, something that we are most proud of in the light of recent events, is that we have two volunteers from the orphanage helping us with 3D printing masks essential for health workers, Edin and Sedin, both students who learnt 3D printing in our Afterschool program. The masks are made to be donated to the hospital in Zenica.

Parties, hangouts, and holiday recitals

As we already said, the end of 2019 was celebrated with a new year's party, 30.12. where we all had fun with much laughter, dance and singing. Everyone got their presents, and a young volunteer agreed to sing and play on a piano. Besides this one, we organised a few activities for the older children, so they got to attend two youth conferences and educational workshops. Also as always we organised an Independence day party on March 1st where children also performed themselves. Another party we organised was to celebrate Women's day on March 8th and make handmade gifts for the caretakers.

Plans for the next quarter:

  • if the situation with COVIC-19 persists, we will continue to organize online learning for our ,
  • developing and designing projects for IoT,
  •  small programming school for kids 7-11,
  • “Sam svoj majstor”- a course for older beneficiaries, where they can learn how to fix computers and other equipment,
  • organising peer to peer education,
  • educating young people on how to write and lead a project,
  • making an informal group with children in the orphanage and applying to OB projects,
  • training regarding web programing,
  • a sewing course.
Group homework sessions
Group homework sessions
Computer programing
Computer programing
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