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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.
Primary school St.Pauli in Hamburg
Primary school St.Pauli in Hamburg

Thanks to your support we are able to work not only locally, but also nationwide and bring RespAct to new sites.

RespAct started its acitivites in Hamburg one and a half years ago. Over past school year RespAct has run project weeks combining boxing exercises alongside participative videography and role plays with pupils at primary schools in two districts. We've organized two RespAct summits, where decision-makers from politics, business and NGO sector discussed with school children their creative ideas on how to improve their neighborhoods and bring positive change to their communities. In July we took part in a summer festival at the St. Pauli Primary School, where children had a chance to try out jabs and punches with RespAct trainer.

Each time teachers, parents, representatives of local government, police, cleansing department are impressed with children's ideas. During the last summit they discussed together not only how to beautify the schoolyards and classrooms, but also had lots of ideas how to support refugees and homeless people in their city. This sensitivity to social issues also impressed Delia Tietge, Regional Manager of Teach First Germany: "Today I had an opportunity to take part in the RespAct summit and I am very impressed about the awareness of the problem, the idealism and the problem-solving orientation of children". Other topics that are important for children are e.g. cleanliness of the city district, safety on the way to school as well as public access to Wi-Fi in Hamburg. The recognition and appreciation of childrens' ideas and putting them into practise are the greatest aims of the summit.  

Thank you for giving children this valuable experience, for giving them the opportunity to change their environment through democratic participation in the society. We will keep accompaning childrens' actions and support their implementation and hope to report soon about next successes in Hamburg.

Thank you!

Your RespAct Team :)

Summer with RespAct at Primary school in Hamburg
Summer with RespAct at Primary school in Hamburg
RespAct Summit in Hamburg
RespAct Summit in Hamburg
Primary school in St. Pauli, Hamburg
Primary school in St. Pauli, Hamburg

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Neighbourhood map
Neighbourhood map

In December 2014 and January 2015 started 5th grade school children with the RespAct project in drei schools in Hamburg. Children were discovering their neighbourhood and developing ideas to improve their neighbourhood, where most of the students not only go to school, but also live with their families and spend most of the time with their friends after school.

This time children's ideas concerned e.g. more support for refugees and their families, renovation of buildings and streets as well as school facilities. Children also demand more police taking care of safety in their neighbourhood. On Friday, 8 May, primary school students will have a chance to discuss their ideas with representatives of police, local government, public transport, teachers, youth workers and other decision makers in their city who would like to support children with implementation of their ideas. 

Both project weeks and "Kiezgipfel" (the RespAct summit organized at the end of each project weeks cycle) would not be able to happen without YOUR SUPPORT. We believe that our work brings change to the society and thanks to your involvement we have the chance to reach more schools and children with our programme and thus improve quality of their everyday life. We are exited about the RespAct summit and will be happy to inform you soon about the outcomes.

Best wishes,

Your RespAct Team 

Children present their ideas to other classmates
Children present their ideas to other classmates
Participants create their own maps
Participants create their own maps
All participants share ideas on big posters
All participants share ideas on big posters

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photo: school (Sueddeutsche Zeitung)
photo: school (Sueddeutsche Zeitung)

Thanks to your generous support, especially during last Christmas Holidays, we can keep growing! Growing means reaching more and more schools and children with our project. We currently run the RespAct project  in three German cities Berlin, Munich and Hamburg and neughbouring towns. We work with the most vulnerable children and youth from socially disadventaged families. We'd like to start intensivelly work with young refugees that come to Germany and start their new lifes in German schools. They have to learn new culture and language, but they also need to cope with their hard experiences in the past and overcome the psychological problems. 

In January 2015 we started the cooperation with the vocational school in Starnberg in Bayern that started this year two classes for refugees in the aged 16-23. Young people from coming from different countries and different cultures enjoyed the project that let them strenghten their sense of togetherness, responsibility for the environment and the importance of respect towards the peers. 

Since the project got a great reception under young people, RespAct Project will be continued in the vocational school. Thank you for your support!

An article about the Project in Starnberg in the Süddeutsche Zeitung you can find here:

http://www.sueddeutsche.de/muenchen/starnberg/asylbewerber-wo-fluechtlinge-aufbluehen-1.2332687

All the best

RespAct Team

RespAct in Sueddeutsche Zeitung
RespAct in Sueddeutsche Zeitung
RespAct project week
RespAct project week
Project week in Berlin
Project week in Berlin

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Children acquire various skills through boxing.
Children acquire various skills through boxing.

We are very happy to share with you impressions from the RespAct Summit in Neukölln. Participants of the RespAct project weeks - pupils from Berlin's primary and secondary schools gathered togther with representatives of schools, town hall, police, city cleaning service (BSR) and youth organizations for the RespAct Summit to discuss great ideas to improve the local neighborhood in Berlin Neukölln.

For couple weeks children from Berlin's primary schools and one secondary school in Berlin Neukölln developed during project weeks ideas to improve their local neighborhood. In the framework of the program "Children get involved in their neighborhood" of Local Action Area North Neukölln and neighborhood management "Schillerpromenade" primary and secondary school children took part in RespAct project weeks, where they learned self-defence skills and talked about their neighbourhood. During the mayor game children took on the role of the local mayor and convinced others to take action and improve their local environment. In the end of the week children presented their ideas in front of their parents and teachers.

On 10 October took place the RespAct summit at the Richard Primary School in Berlin young and adult participants discussed childrens' ideas and the opportunites for implementation. During the RespAct Summit pupils discussed implementation of concrete actions with decision makers and representatives of the Town Hall, Police, city cleaning service (BSR) and youth organizations. We'd like to present to you the most popular topics of the summit. In these areas children and adults were looking for concrete solutions which should be implemented over the succeeding months:

- Donation campaigns for homeless people

- City pollution and clean-up actions

- Safety on the streets and in parks in Neukölln (more lights)

- Beautifying the environment (playgrounds, graffiti walls, etc.)

- More green areas and plants

- Politness in dealing with other people and actions to alert others

We are exited about the outcomes of the planned actions and will be very happy to share with you latest news about the implementation of childrens' ideas. Thus we will report on the results of the summit, new playgrounds, clean-up actions and donation campaigns... we will keep you updated!

Our team works everyday to foster community engagement among children and improve their quality of life. Thank you for supporting our work. 

RespAct Summit in Berlin
RespAct Summit in Berlin
RespAct Summit in Berlin
RespAct Summit in Berlin
Project week in primary school in Berlin
Project week in primary school in Berlin
Children play trust building games
Children play trust building 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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