Thank you for your contribution to PaSch. I’m happy to present you another glance ‘behind the scene’ of PaSch. There is a nice variety of events and evolutions since the last report. The group of mentors and mentees went on two excursions, that were both very joyful events. The first time, in August, it was planned to canoe together but this very day it was raining heavily. Although this was of course a disappointment to everybody, the group spent a very nice morning together in the Berlin museum of espionage. The exhibition presented spying gadgets and techniques from the early Egyptians up to nowadays. The children loved the “hands on” experiments like searching a room for bugs with electronic sensors, or the laser course and the costumed to disguise as detective.
The second excursion led us to Mercedes Benz Arena in the evening. The largest indoor stadium in Berlin, where ALBA Berlin plays their basketball matches. The location itself, with it’s giant measures and luxurious interior was a great attraction to the children. And they were even more excited to experience a live match in the evening. To be out in the evening hours – with their parent’s special permit of course – was a great way to enjoy their fall vacation. For the adults the event was very interesting too. But they were even more pleased to watch the children’s joy and fun and their attitude of experiencing something very special. It was magical and on our way home in the subway the whole group agreed: It has been an amazing evening.
Another important evolution in the course of the project was, that PaSch could successfully complete a project for children-centered evaluation. The project was designed, because it always has been one of the biggest challenges for mentors and projects to integrate the children’s perspective more into the structures and praxis of mentoring. We are proud that we created knowledge and tools to create further insights for this sake. Up to now there are two major accomplishments: 1. Two freshly designed and approved evaluation tools permanently usable for all projects in Berlin. A dairy and a questionnaire especially designed for this purpose allow to evaluate how the children experience their mentoring, their level of contentment and further needs and wishes. 2. First insights about the actual contentment of the children in different projects and the functioning of the mentoring relationships. In general, the children feel respected by the mentor, closely related to them and say, that they have something to share with one another.
The prospect given in the last report, that the training for new mentors will be held in September – could not be met. Although seven people have approached PaSch to volunteer and have been screened, the training didn’t take place until today. Some of the applicants cannot spend sufficient time on the project to become a mentor, another isn’t experienced with children and therefor doesn’t dare to take the responsibility for a long term mentorship. But there are – at the moment - 5 applicants waiting for the training, so that it will be conducted in November surely. In the last months the project coordinator did research, attended seminars and used these insights for a new concept for the training of mentors. It’s focus topics are: 1. Intercultural competences- being able to interpret and behave adequately 2. understanding the children target group – know what their life looks like and what challenges they face 3. psycho-emotional and social concepts and skills – building resilience, nonviolent communication… Therefor we are looking forward to the training even more than usual.
In our next report we’ll tell you how the concept turns out and how the year closes for PaSch.
On the way home from the basketball match
Presentin the results of the research project
Disguised group members in the museum of espionage