garbage-collage designed by the children
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.
Handcrafting lanterns out of old milk-packages
RespAct-project week stall at the Christmas market
Christmas market Neukolln
educator of the class&children with their products
educator of the class&girl with her garbagecollage