What has been the impact of your solution to date?
In the Macedonian environment group work among children in schools a lot of times is conducted without giving a lot of thought how this could not only bring about the final result of the group work of the children, but how it actually forms the opinions and the behavior of the young people at a very early stage. In a society where empathy (if present) is within the families, because it is still a society where shame plays a crucial role; this leads to disintegration of the kids at a very early stage and leading them to think that social engagement and responsibility does not play an important role. The mantra that one should mind their own business and not get in trouble with someone else's problems has long term consequences of having disengaged youth and students.Group work is a very fertile soil for engaging young pupils in meaningful communication,therefore we as students would love to engage with it and facilitate where windows of opportunities are wide open,but not used so far.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
One year for implementation of the project in the chosen schools. Further presentation of the pupils themselves in other schools will hopefully inspire other kids, but more over other schools and professors to further cooperate with Refleksija and engage with similar activities. The pupils (from 2nd to 4th grade) in 2 or 3 years after finishing the project will still have the contacts with Refleksija that will help them further with their ideas that they would like to organize or implement. We also hope that the small projects with thematic focus on social work will build some volunteer initiatives on a regular basis. Finally, in the background we have empathy reinforced primarily in the sense that social vulnerability is not an obstacle for meaningful friendships.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
The barriers are the will of the parents and professors to engage with something that will definitely take some of their energy and focus,or parents of vulnerable children who usually do not want to engage in change(because of shame or lesser self-esteem perception). But since it will be facilitated through schools,these obstacles may be surpassed because of the structural approach to the subject matter and the involvement of students that have profound experience in team building,experience sharing and coping up with negotiating ideas and convincing others that it is worthy to try.Moreover, in in the background we have the support from the local-governments by offering us opportunities to promote the "small projects",all will be much more willing to get involved.
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Network analysis and questionares: Strengthen relationships between pupils (especially vulnerable ones), parents,professors
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Presentation of small projects and common satisfaction of all involved
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
Growing up as a child that changes many places of living, with pretty low income family but full of imagination and dreams, I always needed someone to ask me about my ideas, to call me, to ask me what do you think, what shall we do? I felt greatest happiness when in 4th grade besides my status, there was a girl in my first day of school out of nowhere simply understood my discomfort with being new and being quite poor, and she became my friend just by asking me to walk around the court of my new school. She is my friend ever since. The mere fact that she would call me,ask me to go out with the friends she's been hanging out much longer had great impact on me feeling more confident to share my ideas because I realized:My ideas,childish desires and imaginations should not stop just because I do not speak perfectly the dialect of my fellow students,because only my mom has a scarce salary or i had no new clothes.I could have my ideas shared besides that..many many kids need this nowadays