Working on the method: our second Transnational Meeting is Warsawa
JEL Alapítvány (Budapest) – Arany Brigitta; Seres-Kormány Anita; Tempfli Kátya; Rimóczi Erika
PZG OPOLE (Warsawa) - Anna Hummel; Agnieszka Saganowska; Katarzyna Glozak; Marta Kalinowska
Hands Up Agency (Athens) - Georgios Stathis; Chara Stathi; Mimika Kwnstantaki; Petran Pissaridis
YOU IN EUROPE (Thessaloniki) - Georgios Androudis; Vasilis Stoulos; Stavroula Pagone; Athanasia Karagianni
Venue: School and Education Center for the Deaf J. Siestrzyński, Łucka 17/23, 00-842 Warszawa
Main agenda items
Monday, 24th February
4 PM Opening
4:30 – 6 PM Contractual and administrative issues. Interim report of organizations.
6-8 PM Group formation and ice-breaking, recalling the practices of the last Meeting
Tuesday, 25th February
9 – 12 AM Training phase 1. Getting to know and processing nonformal practices of the Polish partner. Clarifying the fundamentals of what is the difference between formal, informal and non-formal learning?
12 – 13 PM Lunch Break
13 – 17 PM Training phase 2. Developing and adapting the games and exercises
18 PM Freetime program: Museum of Illusions and traditonal polish dinner together
Wednesday, 26th February.
9 – 12 AM Training phase 3. Developing and adapting the nonformal games and exercises
12 – 13 PM Lunch Break
13 – 17 PM Training phase 4. Developing and adapting the nonformal games and exercises
18 PM Freetime program: Ice skating and dinner together
Thursday, 27th February.
9-13 PM Training phase 5. Finalizing nonformal games and exercises. Closing & evaluation
The purpose of the meeting:
The Polish partner is a Deaf school, so they have absolute day-to-day practice in the education of deaf young people and have extensive experience in non-formal methods. That's what they've given us now. It was our common task to adapt the exercises to the mixed hearing group.
Applying non-formal practices, incorporating comments and suggestions
Clarifying goals and session, what we want to arrange until the 3rd meeting (partners return home to test the established methods with young people in their horizons and incorporate their opinions and insights!)
Goal: creating, analyzing and adapting 2 multi-hour complex nonformal activities, included a number of other shorter games and exercises.
We were dealing with two complex acitivities (Planet B, Diamond). Both are 3-4 hour long. After the exercises we analyzed and evaluated the results in the second half of the day in relation to our own project and methodology. Relevant content highlighted by them:
- Group dynamics: are we fighting together for a common goal, or are we rivals?
- Cooperation between groups and team members
- Responsiveness to underlying content: do we notice when they do something behind us?
- Experiencing, processing and reacting to direct positive and negative discrimination: what do you do? Quit? Fight? Go into? Subordinate?
- Compliance issues: how do we handle, when we try to play by different rules?
- Self-knowledge: do you behave the way you think about yourself? You commit to cheating? Do you expose the other cheat?
The process of the activities:
IMPROVEMENTS – What would you change?
NEEDS – What does the group need?
METHODS – What are the ways of addressing the needs?
IMPLEMENTATION – Let’s do it!
EVALUATION / DEBRIEFING – How did it go?
- How did you feel? What did you notice about yourself during the acitivity? What about your team / the other players?
- Revealing the truth
- How did you achieve the objectives? Did you have to change your strategy? What was the most difficult / easy?
- What would you change int he activity?
- Do this happen in real life? Have you ever had such situation? How do you solve them in real life? How will / would you change your way of acting in reality after this experience?
Conclusion and Evaluation:
These special activities were very demanding for our hearts, as they contain elements that "jump the rabbit out of the bush" and reveal our hidden intentions, reactions, attitudes to oppression or favoritism. Not easy to play them. But they show us a lot of things that are commonplace in the lives of young people with disabilities. Through such nonformal practices, we can do a great job of helping these young people prepare for difficult situations (eg negative discrimination). As adult helpers and teachers, we are just as fallible people as anyone else, and we bring the same patterns and human games in an underlying psychological game.
Difference between what was planned and what was implemented:
The second meeting was planned to Athens, Greece, but the partners decided to change it in Warsawa, Poland.
We are a well-established team of professionals doing a good job, working together in a great way. We dare to communicate, debate, accept our mistakes and counter-opinions.
Thanks to the excellent and constant work of sign language interpreters, the communication between the deaf and the hearing impaired was still smooth. We are looking forward to the next meeting where we will dream of a youth mobility camp program!