Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG

by Mensajeros de la Paz Argentina
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Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG
Distance learning by COVID for 250 Children in ARG

The weeks pass by and more and more the excitement about the ValorArte project at Hogar de Longchamps continues. This project deals with the promotion of values, rights and cultural identity for children and adolescents through stage art.

The essays are progressing well, even if it means a lot of text editing work for the girls. However, it is a beautiful and important task that brings the game closer to the different interdisciplinary practices. Especially the different parts of the work, make it very varied (with songs, dance, acting) and of course make girls have fun practicing. 

By understanding, thinking, and then memorizing the script, with the various dance choreographies, and finally with the performance practice, it is possible for every girl to have the opportunity to live and improvise her own creativity, since more and more they are taking advantage of the work they do do.

In addition, the interaction between the girls is promoted and a very nice momentum of the group develops gradually. This makes it even more exciting to witness each girl's progress and see how they grow and develop their roles.

Now that the exhibition is approaching the work, the expectations are more prominent and that means we are working much more intensively.

The preparations for the presentation of the month of July are in full mode: children's costumes, sets and accessories are being developed in cooperation with volunteers.

Particularly noteworthy is the work of the professors of art Isabel, Felipe and Vanesa, who are leading and promoting the children excellently.

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On March, after the holidays, we started activities in Longchamps. With the theater teachers, Isabel and Fernanda, we went to the Longchamp home to meet the girls who live there.

The project this year is called SuperArte III and deals with topics that reinforce social inclusion and the promotion of human rights. With this project, girls have a first and deep look at the world of art, especially theater. However, it is a mixture of dance, singing and acting, which gives girls the opportunity to be creative.

Every year the girls prepare a play with their teachers that they present in front of a varied audience. However, in this first instance, before starting the rehearsals of the work, we began to perform different theatrical and improvisation games, to excite the children and to have fun, as well as to exercise the body to be available to the artistic creation.

One of the activities of the week was a game where the girls gathered in groups of four or five people. The teacher at the beginning told them a situation, then each group had to think and imagine what could happen next and prepare a performance from that. With this type of exercise they were given the opportunity to think their own story and put their creativity to use. The girls did their task very well, and I'm sure the resulting perfomance will exceed our expectations.

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On the 14th of March, a group of volunteers and educators went to the first project meeting on Educational Support, in the neighborhood of Villa 31, in the Retiro area of the Federal Capital. The space is designed to provide school support to children in the neighborhood.

Yesterday was a particular start because we arrived at 5pm and within a few minutes it started pouring rain. The children who were waiting for us were very excited to play with us, but unfortunately we were unable to play with them outdoors due to the rain. So, we went inside the Club to start the school support work with the children. They were very happy to talk to us, the volunteers, and they were enthusiastic to start with the activities.

The children’s homework were all different; some were working on spelling, others on mathematics and comprehension. We split up into different groups to cater our support to the needs of the child.

Despite the rain, we had a nice meeting and we were able to adapt well to the limitations of the weather.

I loved meeting the people who work at Villa 31 because they are kind people and have a passion for their work. The children who were there were very friendly and open with us, even though it was the first time we met. I'm glad I was able to visit this place and meet the friendly people who work there. They do a very important job and they do it with passion.

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The support education project was a discovery in many ways for me. First of all, I need to mention that it's the first time I've participated in something like this. In my city there is school support projects near my house, but it is organized in a different way and it is much simpler.

Here, the support education project is not only a place where children will learn, it is also a space where young people form some of their best friends, where they find a second family in the educators and a place where they grow while they learn.

The school support centers, in the neighborhood of “Flores” and in “Villa 31”, are perfectly organized. They start around five in the afternoon: to start, the children are served a snack and then they start with the afternoon activities, dividing the group into three, separating them according to the age of the children. If it is the time of the evaluations in the schools, the tasks and the exercises are carried out to practice the subject where the child has more difficulty, and to finish, they follow activities to have fun after the tasks.

In the neighborhood of Villa 31, as the space is smaller, the daily improvisations must be performed to adapt. In any case, in both centers, the educators are very well prepared, they know the children well and they know how to work with them. The project welcomes children and children between 6 and 14 years of age. I think the coordination of such a large group with so much age variation is not easy at all because each child has their needs that vary according to the age range in which they are.

I give thanks, and then I conclude, Mensajeros de la Paz, for let me participate in this mature and beautiful project. You have enriched my life with a new and satisfying experience, something I will never forget.

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On Friday, October 27, we went to one of the centers of the Educational Strengthening Program organised by the Messengers of Peace, located in the Caacupé Chapel of the "Villa 31" neighborhood.

There, children meet twice a week in the afternoon and are divided into three groups according to their age.

On this specific day, the teacher for group 3, Chiara, was unfortunately ill and could not attend the session. The group is composed of children between the ages of 10 and 12. Three volunteers therefore took charge of the group's activities.

As is common in each class, we began by handing out orange juice and cookies, while we talked with the children and played board games. Everyone was very happy and motivated. After that moment, groups 1, 2 and 3 were divided to start working on the didactic material. But as Chiara could not attend, the volunteers organised other activities to do with the children of group 3.

We created a game called "City-Country-River", in which each child had to think of a word that fitted a category and started with the letter that we gave them. After that, we played another game where the children had to form a word out of letters that we presented in front of them.

These activities were very fun, because everyone could freely use their creativity and the results were very interesting. Therefore, this Friday was a great day for us, the volunteers, and for the children in group 3.

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Location: Buenos Aires C.F., Buenos Aires - Argentina
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Candelaria Lopez
Buenos Aires C.F., Buenos Aires Argentina
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