The association “EDEDE” in cooperation with “budpurs” implements the initiative



From 26 February to 22 July 2019, the youth initiative project “Improving Personality through Activity Blocks” organised by the association “EDEDE” was held until 22 July 2019. The aim of the project was to introduce educatees, including PMP (early school leavers), to a variety of professions, encouraging their motivation to continue their education, to associate the future with one of the familiar professions.
During this period, 15 activities took place in five activity blocks, two of which were organised at the Primary School of Verham, and the remaining Ilzeskalna in the People's House and Ilzeskalna. In total, 29 students from the Primary School of Verham, Nautrēnu secondary schools, Gaigalavas secondary schools, Dricānu secondary schools, Rezekne Catholic Secondary Schools, Rēzekne State 1 st Gymnasia and Daugavpils State Gymnasia participated in project activities. In each lesson there were other skills and skills that allowed students to attend lessons on their own. Together with local youth, their relatives and friends from other schools were also attended, as the topics of their activities seemed to be binding on them. Parents who contributed to the communication, collaboration and leisure sharing of learners and parents also participated in many activities.
In the course of the project, arts, cultural, environmental, sports and design activities were implemented, which enabled young people to develop and develop their own personality. The activities were combined in blocks so that students have the opportunity to compare the different sectors of the sector, which will be useful in the future of the profession in the future, as today it is often said that young people know what they want to become, but do not consider the different sectors of the sector, their contribution. Each block took place under the guidance of 2-5 representatives of the industry. Lessons took place in an informal atmosphere with theoretical lectures, practical lessons, masters, various games and coffee pauses. Students had the opportunity to familiarise themselves with representatives of different professions as closely as possible, which is not possible on a day-to-day basis, since there is no such wide range of professions in rural areas and there is no opportunity to communicate with their representatives. By introducing industry representatives, students were given the motivation to continue their education to obtain one of the professions presented at the time of the project, and they have a greater picture of the activities of the professions concerned, the characteristics of the character, the subjects of study and other aspects are necessary in order to obtain the profession.
A multidisciplinary activity in which pupils formed chocolate medallion was carried out in the artist class. First there was a storm of ideas and each member sketched his chocolate medallion ideas. They were then formed in plastics, followed by a form of silicone. When the silicone was solidified, each member got a chocolate medallion form with which he could pour his chocolate medallion. During the course of the lesson, the participants recognized the profession of the artist, the work in various materials, the generation of ideas and their realization.
In the sports block, 4 dynamic exercises took place over a month, with sporting loads being increased in each lesson and a complex force relay with time control took place in the sound of each lesson. After the fourth lesson, it was shown that the participants' results in the relay were dynamically progressive and were executed faster. It was shown that only training could achieve results. The lesson commented on each exercise to find an understanding of why it was to be done and what it developed. As part of this block, orientation competitions also took place. A Ilzeskalna-orientation map was developed to enable the participants to explore the orientation of the sport, which enabled young people to try their forces, in accordance with the rules of this sport. Students were focused on healthy and sporting lifestyles.
Students of the actor art class knew the profession of an actor, learned about the possibilities of this profession in the modern labour market. Actor Kristaps Rasim told the masters of his experience. In the practice session, the actor learned how to warm up, how to overcome stress and other useful things that anyone could use before a public performance. When young people had warm up and overcome stress, there was a variety of activities, such as theatre sport, in which the actors felt in the role of actors. After doing their lesson they admitted that it had made it possible to overcome fear and speak in front of others, who was also seen in the course of the lesson.
In the music masterclass, students know the profession of musician and what the difference is when music is a hobby or work. Music clips and their cost are analyzed during the lesson. In the practice, the students were divided into four groups, and they had a task of thinking and singing their song. This activity broke young people, encouraged creative thinking and imagination. The activity was very fun and gorgeous, and many learners were afraid to speak in front of the audience.
Activity “thinks green and responsibly” took place in the environmental block. The theoretical lecture told about environmental pollution, the sorting of waste, was introduced to companies who recycled unnecessary things and created innovative products, bringing the local company “smoke” closer. The practice shows how it is possible to convert unnecessary things into practical stuff, resulting in herbs' pots. As part of this block, there was also an environmental clean-up activity where parish flower beds were restored closer to the local surroundings. During the activity, the educators gathered and experienced practical experience while working in the team.
In the activity “business in agriculture”, the broad industry of agriculture was acquainted, the theoretical lecture explained the differences between the various sectors of the sector, lists interesting facts, and an overview of non-traditional holdings. Learners were told stories of experience in agriculture, marketing activities in the sale of products, the role of women and men in agriculture, and the opportunities for young people to participate in local and regional projects and competitions in order to get closer to the acquaintance or start their business. The practice session filled the quiz, a relay of the memory game, examining how carefully the presentation was heard. After that, each member lowered his task and the biscuits of oat flakes were baked together.
At the time of their T-shirts, the students were told about the most popular types of T-shirt printing, professions and firms that deal with it and the familiar clothing designers. In the practice session, there was a story about how to print T-shirts in home environments and practically each member of the lesson made his T-shirt with a printing technique at home. Before taking lessons, students had the opportunity to choose their own T-shirt design, and young people also had the opportunity to visit THE Ilzeskalna youth centre in advance to successfully select and design the design of their T-shirt in order to run the lesson.
In order to get closer to the printing industry and what the professions are working on there, there was a lesson “to know THE“ RA printing ”company”. The lesson saw the company, its directions, as well as the various publishing and printing works that the professions are active in this sector. After that, a practice session took place. During this time, original greetings were made to parents using the proposed blanks and a variety of interesting tools to make greetings more painful. After that, there was an introduction to the design of the helium balloons, their extensive use in the contemporary festival design and the guide of the managers, each student printed his helium balloon.
All the Heads of Actions welcomed the educators, stressing that they had a big nose to learn something new. During the sessions, the participants had a positive personality improvement and the ability to violate their comfort zone, which would develop their ability and increase their motivation to educate.
Thank you for all the managers, partners and staff involved.
This draft youth initiative is fully funded by the European Social Fund project No “Support for reducing early school leaving” (budpurs)
Elvita Kotane,
Chairman of the Management Board OF the EDEDE association
Photo: Elvita Kotane, Diana Drozdova, Gunar Klauch, Ruth Geidane
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