A new, extremely interesting and challenging aspect of our activities is working with school children, with a goal to empower them as active citizens and changemakers in their communities. With the initiative of IDeA Foundation, EcoLab and IDeA piloted a 4-month course in Dilijan, Armenia with 13-17 year olds.
The program was designed in 4 stages: the 1st seminar tackled issues such as team work and cooperation, human rights values, civic engagement – here the participants also came up with ideas for community projects and composed teams; the 2nd seminar was about project management and financial management – it was important for us to give an opportunity to the children to independently manage finances; in the 3rd stage the teams of participants organized their projects independently, with mentor support from young adults; and finally, the 4th step was a reflection meeting.
In this newspaper (link for downloading PDF) you can read about projects carried out by the children. The articles as well as the pictures are done by the project teams! The facilitators’ team only coordinated the process and did the layout.
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