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RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.

by Cameron Project Group
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.
RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.

We rarely pull back the veil here at RespAct to talk about things other than the work that we do directly with children or schools. While our project does the necessary work of mentoring and educating children and encouraging social participation—we think that it’s time to let you know what else we’ve been up to lately.

This past summer has been one of tremendous growth for RespAct. We held the first ever RespAct summer camp, have participated in 10 different family and community sports events and we’ve officially rolled out our new Multiplication Training Strategy.

RespAct’s Multiplication Strategy recognizes one fundamental truth in our efforts push for more inclusive educational reform: any effort that does not put teachers and educators at the center of its efforts is incomplete.

That’s why RespAct’s multiplication strategy emphasizes the role of teachers in instituting meaningful, systemic change in making Germany’s education system more inclusive of children with diverse backgrounds. We do this by taking our curriculum and teaching it to educators with diverse classrooms on our methods and curriculum to provide an inclusive, high-quality education for all of their students.

In the past three months alone, we’ve participated in two different, high-impact events to pass our methods on to teachers with diverse classrooms. At Kienbaum, an annual, three-day conference for educators, RespAct taught over 80 participants our program curriculum. Our workshop focused on migration and refugee children, a topic of particular importance for many teachers in Berlin. With Teach First Germany, we were able to offer a training to the next generation of German educators who will use our techniques and methods in their classrooms.

The work that we do with teachers allows for us to multiply our impact and reach as many children as possible. Our impact cannot and should not be limited by the physical capacity of our staff. When we open up our tested methodologies and train teachers on how to utalize it for maximum impact and effect in their own classrooms, we are ushering in a new generation of educators who are more equipped to cater to the unique needs of their most diverse students. 

In addition to our efforts with educators, RespAct has also held it's first ever summer camp! 

Our Summer Camp program lasted for 2 weeks and saw more than 80 students from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Berlin’s inner-city learning about recycling, upcycling and the environment. You can learn more about our camp by following this link to watch a short video that we've put together!

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The months of May and June were both an exciting time for the RespAct team and comprised promosing steps for future project development. In order to reach more and more children and adolescents with our initiative, we hosted and co-hosted several events, visited schools and carried out project weeks for kids in Berlin and other German cities.

In May we had the pleasure to celebrate 111 years Karl-Weise-Schule in Berlin, a school where we conduct RespAct for more than a year and which will also be a big part of our upcoming Summer Camp – an urban learning and holiday adventure which will take place in July. Stay tuned for more...

During the celebration, the children got creative at the painting and drawing station and designed a few masterpieces some of which we will share with you in the section below.

     

This month, we were on the road again with RespAct and presented our project and sports program to new schools and were able to inspire more children at the Rollbergkiez festival in Berlin-Neukölln as well. The kids enjoyed learning about boxing basics and participated in several pedagogical games. 

                  

And last but not least, RespAct was part of the Olympic week in Berlin-Pankow where primary school students enjoyed a thrilling closure festival with lots of sports and fun, burning off energy with rope skipping and cooperative games and celebrating the values and strengths of diversification and creativeness.

Thanks so much to all of you who have supported RespAct in the past and to all those who will go the path further with us!

Kind regards,

Oliver Böck

The "bull
The "bull's eye" shows how students liked RespAct

RespAct held a workshop for classes of students, both “welcome” and regular, at the vocational school in Starnberg, Bavaria – and met excited and motivated students

When you talk with Ahmed* about respect, you see immediately how important it is for him: “Respect is a huge topic”, he explains vividly into the camera, “every child should know what that is. It is important for the whole life”.

It is Wednesday afternoon at the local vocational school in Starnberg and the youth of our RespAct workshop collect the results of the last three days. The students of one regular and one “welcome” class, composed of unaccompanied young refugees, have been meeting every day this week and have been working together to improve their teamwork, social interaction and media- and presentation skills. One method to improve empathy was especially successful. The young participants wrote an activity and nominated a classmate to carry it out , without knowing that they would have to carry them out themselves in the end. “This method is really useful”, RespAct peer educator Jana Gottschalk says. “Days later the participants were still talking about it. It is important to learn that you shouldn’t ask others to do something that you yourself are not willing to do”.

“Many students realize that they can positively change their environment”

In another proven method of the RespAct project, students discuss in a team what they would change about their environment and present it to the class.  “Many realize for the first time that they can actively shape their local areas  and work with companies and municipal organisations as cooperation partners”, Jana says. Some girls of both classes felt insecure each time they had to walk home in the dark: “We would like to have more light on streets and walkways to enhance security”. Others wanted to have a supermarket in their village so they could buy food more easily. The next step for the students is to organise themselves and talk about their suggestions with decision makers. RespAct supports participants with this as well.

“I learned how important it is to help others”

Jana looks happily back upon a successful workshop: “The youth were motivated and excited to work together – they worked concentrated and respectfully in groups and practised talking in front of a camera”. It was nice to see how fast the youth from both classes grew comfortable with each other and how easily friendships developed. “In the end, language was not so much of an obstacle as expected. All it usually needs is space for participants to get to know each other in a meaningful way”, Jana concludes.

At the end of the day, the young people gather around Jana to thank her. “I learned a lot – how to best work in a team and how important it is to interact with others politely and respectfully”, tells Nour*. Ania* adds: “I learned how important it is to help those with problems. That was a lot of fun. RespAct also helps students to improve their German and to communicate effectively. That is very important”.

We warmly thank all participants of the Starnberg vocational school for your cooperation, your ideas and your motivation. Most of all we would like to thank all supporters of the RespAct project. Without you, this workshop would not have been possible. Thank you!!

*out of respect for the particular situation of our participants we will not publish any recognizable pictures of them. Names are changed. 

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Clean Up Event in Berlin
Clean Up Event in Berlin

On 2. December 2015 primary school children from RespAct partner school in Berlin organized a big Clean Up Action in their neighborhood. During the RespAct project week in November pupils planed a Clean Up action. They asked BSR (Berlin City Cleaning Services) to support their action. Equiped with brooms, vests and garbage bags children set off on a "cleaning trip". Very engaged and vigorous city heros contributed to their neighborhood and were very proud of the results.

Also in December children from another primary school (Janusz-Korczak-Grundschule) in southern Berlin came up with an idea for their own project. They wanted to brighten up and decorate their classroom, but they needed some funds to realize their plan. In order to raise the money for their action, children organized a flea market during breaks. They mobilized their friends and families to donate their books or games, built a stand and scheduled children resposible for the stand during each break. A beautiful classroom means a lot to all pupils. One of the school girls said: "It is really a nice feeling to make other people happy". "With the money we raised we will be able to make our classroom more beautiful" - said her classmate. 

Thanks to your support children who take part in project weeks are able to take responsiblity for their neighborhoods and learn that they can also creat social change in their communities.

Clean Up Event in Berlin
Clean Up Event in Berlin
Neighborhood heros!
Neighborhood heros!
Clean Up Event in Berlin
Clean Up Event in Berlin
Fundraising flee market in Janusz-Korczak School
Fundraising flee market in Janusz-Korczak School
Fundraising flea market
Fundraising flea market

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RespAct & Sport
RespAct & Sport

Thanks to your support in the past months we were able to introduce “RespAct” project to new schools and encourage even more children all around Germany to take responsibility in their local communities. 

We also started to work with refugee classes to support integration of children with migration background and refugees in German schools. RespAct with “welcome classes” is a sports pedagogical project that enables minor refugees in „welcome-classes“ to participate alongside their peers from regular classes.

""Welcome classes" need the most support at the moment. Children have to face many challanges, they need to learn the language, at the same time they lack feeling of security, closeness, attention, a person to whom they would closely relate." - says a primary school teacher working with a "welcome class" in Berlin. "Sports connects children.", she says.

Through movement and sports, RespAct sets the goal of improving encounterment and communication at schools. It is a step towards overcoming barriers that come up in interactions between children with a migration or an asylum status and children of the majority culture.

Thank you for supporting RespAct.

Your RespAct Team

RespAct & Games
RespAct & Games

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Cameron Project Group

Location: Berlin - Germany
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Social enterprise focused on child protection and safe communities.
Berlin, Berlin Germany
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