At the end of the children's meeting
At the end of the program review last month, it was recommended that there was need to review this project. The project for a school exchange programme for school children previously living in former internally displaced camps needed to change direction and accomodate other needs for the children.
The months from November to February is our long holidays for children. It is the time for children to visit friends and relatives and help at home too. The children enjoyed their Christmas with their families. The group has been doing great progress and working on many different art-fields: painting, crafts and recycled-magazines objects for day to day life.
We wanted to use this long holidays because the school year is about to start and the children and project leaders had a review on the school exchange programme. We wanted to see how we can review the programme to make sense to everyone. During this review we engaged children to say what they wanted changed with the current programme and what they wanted to see different. And therefore they had to pay special attention during this meetings. We organised this over the weekend, we organized a 'meeting day' in which children chaired the meetings and came with ideas of how to make their group more vibrant. Actually, creativity exploded and children came up with the most amazing ideas for thier group.
The children wanted to see 2014 with new projects: refurbishing their resource centre with new books and playing items, they wanted more children added and new objectives too. They wanted their parents to be more connected to this project, and even offering them workshops that give them skills to raise a child in the best possible way (nutrition, cooking classes, urban farming, violence prevention, etc)
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