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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.
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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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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Cameron Project Group

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

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