Integrating Roma children within the school environment through inspiring their creativity

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Project Goal:
Integrate Roma children within the school environment through motivating them to take active participation in the extra-curricular activities.

Timeframe:
Start Date: 1 February 2010 / Completion Date: 31 December 2010

Funding: US Embassy, Skopje – http://macedonia.usembassy.gov/

Project stakeholders:
Teachers and students from secondary schools from Kumanovo, Gostivar and Veles.

Project summary:
Implementation of extra curricula activities in Georgi Sugare Primary School aimed to bring children together in activities according to their interests, supporting children ideas and creativity. Activities were organized with the students, as inter-active “fun-shops” while working on extracurricular activities to “have fun”. Activities included work in various sections: arts, English language, music, theatre, environment protection. The extra curricula activities were implemented in the school premises. Group of teachers was responsible to prepare an action plan of activities and the resources needed for implementation as some activities required teaching and learning aids needed for easer implementation of the activities that could be also used to support teaching during the regular classes.
MCEC introduced teachers to basic level of action plan development and resources planning, so that they were able to prepare an action plan of activities and plan the needed resources for activities realization with the students. Total number of 5 teachers and 125 students were involved in the process of organization and implementation of the extra curricula.

Extracurricular activities implementation
Implementation of extra curricula activities in Georgi Sugare Primary School aimed to bring children together in activities according to their interests, supporting children ideas and creativity. Activities are organized with the students, as inter-active “fun-shops” while doing extracurricular activities to “have fun”. Activities included work in various sections: arts, English language, music, theatre, environment protection. The extra curricula activities were implemented in the school premises. Group of 5 teachers was responsible to prepare an action plan of activities and the resources needed for implementation as some activities may require teaching and learning aids needed for easer implementation of the activities that could be later also used by school to support teaching during the regular classes. By joint efforts of teachers and students, the activities started end of May rounding with the final event held on December 15, 2010. During the project period teachers and students worked on the following activities:

 

1. Through the dramatization of ‘The Wizard of Oz” movie, the students

  • Saw the movie “The Wizard of Oz” and then were given specific roles for the play;
  • Practiced the roles, tonality, gesticulation, movements of each character in the play, which helped students to see personal capabilities that increased their self-confidence;
  • Shared their ideas for the music, costumes and scene decoration; Learned play text on English and practiced English language skills;
  • Held regular rehearsals for parents.

2. The traditional music and dance group of students

  • Practiced the songs and worked with music teacher and professional choreograph;
  • Learned lyrics of the traditional songs;
  • Worked on selection of local traditional dresses that will be used for the final event.

3. “Dragosaurus” play group of students:

  • Discussed the songs and listen the composition, they were given roles on who will sing, play and dance;
  • Worked on roles, text and movements;
  • Practiced the “Dragosaurus” Song;
  • Learned new English words and improved their English language skills;
  • Held regular rehearsals for parents.

4. The students involved in the Lady Puppet Play:

  • Developing the scenario for the play;
  • Worked on preparing play in English, discussed and distributed roles for the students;
  • Practiced the roles, tonality, gesticulation, movements of each character in the play,
  • Shared their ideas for the music, costumes and scene decoration;
  • Learned play text on English and practiced English language skills;
  • Held regular rehearsals for parents.

5. Art workshop with students:

  • The theme was “How to save the planet Earth”;
  • Students learned new drawing/painting techniques and were able to have additional classes to express their creativity;
  • The classes made connection between art and music, as the teacher included music listening while working on the drawings.
  • Students had fun in disusing the theme and developing their art works.

Please click the following link for photos during the activities implementation.

All teachers informed the parents on activities in which their children will be participating, whereby all parents provided their approval and support, welcoming activities as very creative and important for their kids after school activity. Each workshop with students was announced on the Parent Information Board.