Encouraging friendship, openess and colaboration
The workers of Jordan Youth Centre are trying encourage participants to stand become more friendly and open to their colleagues in the group. "During my workshop I try to help the children to learn how to take personal and team responsibility, teach them cooperation, e.g. I offered the newcomer with a volatile fantasy to work in a pair with a boy who had a logical way of thinking. They have become a great team because they learnt how to distribute their work. Each took on part of the task in which he or she was the most successful, therefore, after using the strong side of each one, they received an excellent result", Monika is pleased with the success of children.
When the atmosphere of goodwill, warm communication and mutual assistance sets in the group, it becomes easy and simple to adapt even for newcomers. Monika smiles when she mentions a funny incident: "When a newcomer Kevin came into the group, children engaged the boy into the activity quicker than a teacher managed to introduce him to the group, even though she was late just for a few minutes."
Encouraging critical thinking
Monika teaches school youngsters and students photography. Working with them she strives to excite curiosity of teenagers, encourage their desire to look for new possibilities, teach to evaluate their own capabilities, achievements and adequately to take observations of others. According to Monika, here group conversations helps a lot, where they discuss such things as how well the photos are prepared, what could be changed to improve them, whether they are suitable for exhibiting, etc. "Critical self-assessment of capabilities is a very important thing in the planning of independent activities. For example, in preparation of individual exhibitions of photography it is important to not overestimate your capabilities. It is better to start with small but thought over expositions. After all, we develop in small steps and it takes a long time to spend in the process after you grow up to a large exhibition", she says.
Lessons of erasing boundaries and overcoming fears
During international projects, in which the Centre is constantly involved, young people come together with their peers from other countries. Communication in a language other than your own makes you step outside your comfort zone, also you need to overcome certain fears. However, when there is a wish, everything becomes possible.
An international photography project in Germany, where participants had an opportunity to communicate with emigrants, has left a lasting impression on Monika. "We were listening to their extraordinary life stories and recording our emotions in photos. Interestingly, young people understood each other quite good not knowing each other's language. I never understood how all this could have been ... ", confessed Monika.
Monika's experience clearly shows that international projects develop youngsters communication skills and help them to unfold, i. e. to become more open. This is quite understandable, as, after all, non-formal education makes personalities free. "I always wonder how all children around the world have so much in common: they are all open and curious, love to travel and are able to warmly communicate with one another not only during classes but also after them. It is fun to see how they eventually open up, choose another people own way and become personalities", Monika ends up her story.
The story of Monika is another real example showing the importance of non-formal education to children. What matters most is the everyday actions and simple things. If an educator who has knowledge in his subject and is able to read children's signals contributes to this, he will always find the key to a child's heart and teach them the most important things in life.