2020 started with new energy and great project activities in order to support children in order to stand up for their communities:
The first months of 2020 RepAct implemented project activities all around the topic of gender. gender equity is one aspect that can be achieved by sport for development activities. On one hand, gender equity means providing participation opportunities for both boys and girls and providing sports structures that allow every individual, regardless of their skill level and physical condition, to participate in sports safely and to have a positive experience from it.
Participation in working groups:
In order to leverage the impact of RespAct and to work needs-based, RespAct continues to be part of different working groups that try to improve and develop social sporting structures in Berlin, such as a working group on "girls and women in sports" or a working group on the topic "sports and integration". RespAct continuously engages in these working groups in order to work closely with other relevant partners that successfully use sports as a tool for social change.
RespAct workshop on gender equity:
Additionally, sports can be used to educate boys and girls on gender equity. Accordingly, our RespAct multiplier hosted a workshop with children in grades 5-7 on the topic "Respect through Sport". The workshop was part of ONE BILLION RISING Berlin. It took place at a pre-vent of a big flashmob at the Brandenburger Tor organized by the GSJ, an organization for youth, sports and social work in Berlin.
Through sports and cooperation exercises, the workshop taught the pupils respectful communication and positive group cooperation. Mutual esteem and group cohesion, regardless of gender, origin and sporting talent, were strengthened. 17 boys and girls from different schools and one teacher took part in the workshop.
Flashmob at Brandenburger Tor:
And of course, at the 14th of February, the RespAct Team took part in the big flashmob at the Brandenburger Tor with girls from the local handball club SG NARVA. Besides the dancing itself, the girls learned valuable information on violence prevention against girls and women. RespAct supports the message of ONE Billion Rising and is excited to be part of it again next year!
We are looking to reaching more girls and young children in order to support children to stand up for their communities.
In the last months we had three great events that addressed gender equality in sports and multiplier training.
Urban Adventures – Year 3
Boys are strong? Girls are flexible? Wait a minute! Let’s be atypical! Following this motto, we held a workshop for sports teachers about equality in sport education at the competitive sport centre Kienbaum. During the workshop, stereotypes about girls and boys were questioned and possibilities of integrative sport programmes were discussed. The workshop took place during a three-days training for 200 sports teachers organised by the Initiative Moderner Schulsport.
We had a lot of fun, learned a lot and are looking forward to next year!
CamP Group at LEYLA RENNT
LEYLA RENNT combines fun, exercises and sport! On September 7th the vent LEYLA RENNT, the annual sports festival for girls organised by Seitenwechsel e.V., took place and we were part of it with (sport) games about women in sports. We hosted a quiz that taught about female pioneers in equal rights in sport and an interactive parkour through which the girls could playfully question the prejudices about boys and girls in sport.
A visit in Hamburg at Markt der Möglichkeiten
On September 17th, we were guests at Teach First Germany and presented our concepts for project weeks at schools to the Teach First Fellows. Teach First sends university graduates from various fields of study as Fellows to focal point schools throughout Germany, where they support additional teachers and, with their diverse backgrounds, are particularly involved in transitions within the educational system.
The Teach First Markt der Möglichkeiten brought together a variety of educational initiatives who presented their work to the Fellows. After a short pitch to RespAct, which ended with a short movement unit, many visitors gathered at the RespAct booth. We presented our handbooks and reported on our work at schools and in the field of multiplier training.
your Camp Group team
It is RespAct - time!
Lisa-Tetzner primary school "Invigorating public space" The project started with a tour in which opportunities for improvement for the neighborhood were actively discussed among the pupils. During the mayor's role-playing game on the following day, the pupils distributed concrete suggestions for a more environmentally conscious neighborhood, so that on the last day some courageous people stepped into the limelight and presented their ideas with self-made videos.
Theodor Storm Primary School "Strengthening (Self)Trust" During the RespAct project week the students of class 5b took the time to find out more about themselves and others in order to strengthen both their own self-confidence and the cohesion of the class. Within the framework of a sports module, games were played to strengthen teamwork and cooperation. At the crowning finale, some of them stepped in front of the camera and practiced their roles as mayor and as a camera team.
Workshop Modern School Sport in Welcome Classes (March 2019) In the further education of modern school sport, the questions of how sport can be used to make it easier for children and young people to start school here in Berlin were addressed in workshop format. In addition, it was discussed how teachers can better master the special challenges in a welcome class through sport - different languages, different cultures and age groups, children and adolescents, some of whom have traumas. Games with teachers and pupils were carried out with enthusiasm in order to strengthen trust and respect.
RespAct Day (May 2019) The aim of the symposium was to provide participants with ideas and suggestions with which they can promote the respectful coexistence of children, adolescents and adults. After an exciting introduction in the form of a role play by the organizers, our employees presented the RespAct methodology and showed teachers, social workers and educators ideas on how they can playfully increase the self-efficacy of children and young people and contribute to a respActful coexistence.
your Camp Group team
We look back on a year full of powerful children engaging courageous in raising awareness to environmental justice and participation of children in public spaces.
In the last month of this successful RespAct year 2018 the children of Karl-Weise school in Neukölln gave all to contribute to environmental awareness in their neighborhood as well and brought the year to an end that we are very proud of.
Project week Karl-Weise school Berlin 5.12.- 7.12.2018
During the project week the children of Karl-Weise School were introduced playfully to the topic of environmental justice, their role in the issue and possibilities of participation and engagement.
Cooperation-games and group-trainings were an important part of the project week to reinforce a culture of cooperative solution-finding and appreciation of the diversity of resources in the class-room that can be helpful in many ways when it comes to engaging in political and social conflict-zones, as well as participation in decision-making, children’s activism and environmental-awareness raising.
Excursion to Tentaja
On day 2 of the project week we did an excursion to tentaja, which is a place of encounter in the former Airport Tempelhof. The team of tentaja offered a variety of sport games for the children again for the aim of reinforcing cooperation and team-building.
On the walk to Tentaja the children consciously observed their surroundings. What do I see around me? How looks nature in my neighborhood? What kind of plants can I observe? What kind of animals do I see? What are the modes of transport that are used? The observations and findings were surprising to the majority of the kids, even though it describes their everyday surrounding they concluded that paying attention to certain things changes the perspective.
On the way back the children did the same focusing on garbage this time and startet collecting garbage for the garbage-collage that they designed the following day. The findings were even more shocking and many questions on the WHY? and HOW? arose, that were discussed passionately.
Throughout the following days the children learned about the concept of upcycling.What could be formed out of garbage? Can it be reused as the same item or can something completely new arise? The children handcrafted lanterns out of Tetra-pak milk cartons, that they brought from home and designed colorful collages out of the collected garbage.
A Garbage-quiz was conducted at the beginning and the end of the project week. This way the children could observe their own learning process and many questions could be answered, as well as many questions were added.
Christmas-market on the Warthe-Platz
The culmination of the project week was the presentation of the project week’s products on the popular family friendly Christmas market of the Quartiersmanagement Schillerkiez in Neukölln Warthe-platz. The Christmas market chooses every year the most beautiful Kiez-lanterns.
3 of the RespAct children’s lanterns got crowned with prices for the most beautiful lanterns in the neighborhood.
Manual on environmental justice
In the last year we additionally to the wide range of projects with RespAct were able to restructure and update our manual on welcome-culture as well as our Manual on environmental justice. The manuals have the aim to spread our methods and project designs in order to enable social workers, teachers and educators to carry out projects on the topics.
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
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.
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