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“SAY YES TO CHANGE” ACTIVITIES WITH THE ROMANIAN VOLUNTEERS

During the last mobility period of the EVS project “Say YES to Change” funded by the Erasmus + program, we had the volunteers Andrei Prundeanu and Perla Scripkariu from Romania. Their mobility period lasted from 29.11.2019 to 26.02.2020. They regularly had activities with the children who visit our day center, but they also organized several workshops.

 

On December 27, 2019, the volunteers had a workshop with the students from the 8th and 9th grade from the primary school “Gjorgji Sugarev” in Bitola where the largest percentage of Roma children study. During the workshop, they used a variety of informal motivational tools with the students so that they can share their fears, problems, and desires, and then when they met again on the February 10, 2020, to propose solutions to some of them together. The workshop was very interactive and productive and the students had fun. During their second encounter, there was a special focus on bullying regarding what it is and how to react in specific situations. At the end, students had more awareness regarding what bullying was and a better understanding of the options that they have towards their benefit.

On January 16th and 17th, 2020, Andrei held a workshop to introduce the new Erasmus + program, the European Solidarity Corps. The purpose of this workshop was to acquaint local youth with the opportunities it offers to develop a local project that would provide a solution to an existing problem. Many thanks to the Bitola City Library for providing us with space for the workshop.

On February 20, 2020, Perla held a workshop on “Antigypsism in Hate Speech on the Internet.” During the workshop, all forms of hate speech on the Internet and social networks related to Roma and ways to prevent or reduce its impact were discussed. The present Roma also shared their experiences on this topic.

On Andrei’s initiative, we organized a shadow theater for the children in the kindergarten “Snowflake” from the story “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. It took place on the 17 February, 2020. Many thanks to the employees of the kindergarten, and especially to the caretaker Gzime Kominovska, who enabled us to make this idea a reality. This activity was welcomed with great joy by the children.