U OŠ Dragutin Tadijanovića 16.01.2020 održana je radionica na temu strukture i članica Europske Unije na kojoj su sudjelovala 23 učenika petog razreda.
Alice Bariani, volonterka Udruge IKS u sklopu partnerskog projekta ”Smile&Go” čiji je nositelj Udruga Cemea del Mezzogiorno Onlus iz Italije, za cilj ima implementaciju segmenata građanskog odgoja i obrazovanja putem volontiranja. Za učenike je pripremila interaktivnu radionicu koncipiranu poput igre pogađanja s ciljem upoznavanja djece sa širim konceptom Europske Unije, temeljnih dokumenata i sporazuma na kojima počivaju vrijednosti Unije, ali i podrobnije upoznavanje sa svim zemljama članicama i njihovim specifičnim značajkama. U provedbi radionice Alice su pomogli volonteri iz Turske i Italije, te pripravnica iz Amerike.
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”Today I went with some other volunteers (Neslişah, Veronica, Jordan, as well as Nadja) to the Elementary school here in Petrinja to do my workshop about the European Union countries. We went there in the first school hour from 8.00 to 8.45 and started arranging the classroom to divide the desks in three big tables with chairs around them so the class could be split up in three different groups. After introducing myself, I started the workshop which is based on a Power Point presentation that gets projected on a wall.
The presentation has a few slides that explain the most important treaties that formed the EU and then has two slides dedicated to each country that is a part of the EU. The first slide for each country contains some images that appear one or two at a time, they work as visual clues that are used so the kids can guess which country is being represented. Some of them are about typical food, famous monuments or athletes and the last clue to appear is the national flag. The second slide contains the map of Europe with the country highlighted, and the country name.
The game is organized so that the three teams of kids are supposed to guess which country is being displayed on screen, the team that guesses correctly gets one point, and the team with most points by the end of the presentation wins a little prize of candies. This way it becomes a competition of which teams guesses more countries correctly. One volunteer keeps track of the time (this was Neslişah), one other volunteer explains the clues that are appearing on screen (this was me), and one volunteer keeps track of the points each team wins and makes the clues appear one at a time (this was Jordan), the other volunteers can help the kids guess the country by giving them suggestions when they get stuck with one of the more difficult ones.
I explained the rules of the game in English and with the help of two kids that spoke English pretty well, as well as Nadja, we translated the rules for the whole class. After that, each team decided on a leader, that was supposed to be the only spokesperson for the whole team (this didn’t really happen, since every kid spoke for himself, but everyone did so after raising their hands, so it was still okay).
The game worked pretty well, with most kids participating enthusiastically in guessing which country was on the screen. At four different point we had a slide that was about EU history, and even if it wasn’t as interesting as the game, we managed to explain to them what the EEC, the Schengen treaty, the Maastricht treaty and the Lisbon treaty are. Schengen in particular was talked about in two different moments, because at the end of the presentation there was a slide dedicated to the three countries that are in the Schengen area but not in the EU.
I think overall the workshop was successful, the kids where happy when they guessed a country correctly, but they also learned something new about most of these nations, thanks to the visual clues. They also learned some new information about the EU in general, and were pretty interested by the end of the school hour, even asking questions about why some of the other countries in Europe were not part of the EU or the Schengen area. I’m really glad it went well and that the kids were participating so happily and looked interested. I think overall it’s a good first try of this workshop, that can only improve with time, especially if the volunteers are more involved and introduced alongside their country of origin or help with the the visual clues, which didn’t happen today because I rushed into the game explanation without doing these steps beforehand. That will certainly be a major part of the workshop next time we do it, and hopefully it will work even better than it did this time.”
Alice Bariani, Italija
”Today we went to school for Alice’s workshop. She made presentations on the European Union. It was an effective presentation that included both play and information. Her game was aimed at finding the names of countries by showing the important things of countries. During her game, all the students focused on the presentation. So she made the knowledge she wanted to teach more understandable. She used the time very well and finished the presentation just in time. I think it was a very useful presentation for the students. ”
Neslişah Taşkiranoğullari, Turska
”Today was my first experience participating in a workshop through IKS. It was quite a fun experience as we shared with over 20 children about the European Union. Alice facilitated the workshop by having the class compete in a guessing game. Alice showed clues for each country, and three teams guessed the correct county. The game was such a fun way to learn more about each country. After the groups guessed the accurate country, Alice shared the location on a map. I confess I learned A LOT of information from this game! It was so educational and shared in a way that was easy to learn. I had fun keeping track of the score and assisting Alice with the slides.
The strength of this workshop was the level of engagement required by the children. Using photos was a fabulous way to share information despite the language barrier. The children were excited to guess the countries and actively participated in the workshop. Two students were even eager to help interpret for Alice in the beginning during the explanation of the game. It was helpful for me to hear cues from Alice about when to proceed with the slides. For example, “next we will see the flag,” “okay, we will go on to the next country,” etc. I think Alice did a fantastic job of transitioning between information.
Something to consider for the next workshop would be perhaps introducing all the volunteers/IKS staff present. Leaving about 5-7 minutes in the end for questions and discussion may help create a stronger conclusion for the workshop. For more participation, having four smaller groups may help. Also, to get the students to talk to each other and utilize the group leader, giving a 5-second count down for each clue could help the quieter students. Example: show chocolate and waffle, say “5, 4, 3, 2, 1,” then for each group that wants to guess, the leader can raise their hand. Perhaps if multiple groups get the right answer, they all receive a point.
Overall, this was a fantastic experience! I loved helping with the workshop, and I am excited for the next!”
Jordan Crouch, Amerika