Comparative Chart MCYU - Kinderuni Tübingen

August 27, 2013

Comparative Chart MCYU - Kinderuni Tübingen

This comparative chart shows similarities and differences of our both institutions. That 's a useful step for the development of suitable strategies within our mentoring programm and for the reflection of their implementation.  

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Children's Universities in Practice

August 22, 2013

Both PH International and ECHO have executed programs relating to the concept of Children's Universities. Now that we both have practical experience this meeting concerned an exchange of experience, differences and similarities.

The similarity among the legal socialization program (MAK LSP) and the Junior Academy activity in The Netherlands is reflected in the target group. Both activities are targeting juveniles (elementary school children). Both programs have intention to support inclusive education and positive citizenship concept. The activities of the Junior Academy are building future intellectuals/academics and the Legal socialization program is focusing of rule of law and responsible citizenship. In the Junior Academy activity ECHO is focusing on motivation of the students to continue their education, on the other hand MAK LSP program is focusing on immediate reaction to the growing rate of juvenile delinquency in Macedonia. 

ECHO organized a 5 day activity of Junior Academy in The Netherlands. The activity was led by ECHO ambassadors (awarded students) who were volunteers and have led the children throughout entire activity. Main purpose was to introduce juveniles with the meaning of higher education and the excitement of this important life experience. The volunteers were firstly trained how to approach to children from 9-11 age and were introduced with the pedagogical methods. 

Very similar training of trainers was organized by PH Intentional Macedonia in order to introduce the police officers to work with children on issues regarding Legal Socialization in elementary schools. Alike the teachers police officers did not have experience in working with children form 13- 14 years of age.  

ECHO shared a reflection on the energy of the children, who were by the end of the week very active and at some point difficult to manage. ECHO  was advised by PH that in case of difficult topics (like in the MAK LSP program: juvenile justice, abuse of children, drugs etc)  it is better to use illustrations and real case studies in order to intrigue children. 

We feel like this meeting has given us a new direction in our discussions and exchange, because we both have practical experience now and more hands on tools to continue our learning process.

Voula's second visit to Chrzanów

June 14, 2013 - June 16, 2013

We both learned a lot of new things from each other and from children themselves. It was very interesting to see the changes occurred in all areas covered by this partnership:

  • in children – being more active than in previous CU activities
  • in volunteers – looking at their role in CU from a broader perspective
  • in parents – being more confident and proud of the achievement of the child
  • in partners themselves – working as a team, reflecting their views, being open to each other's influence. We learned that looking from the visitor’s point of view often changes the perspective.

Jolanta: "As for my point of view, during Voula's lecture on democracy, we learned that the term “hands-on activities” means using the whole body: mind, imagination or senses and not only touch. A traditional lecture hall with a bunch of 150 children can be transformed into vivid environment - where children actively participate - just by using their imagination, brains or raising hands. No matter the size of the group, the type of venue, or experiments you do with your hands, Voula showed us how to transform very static and traditional lecture into vivid experience, where children can actively participate in using only their body.

Voula throwed the question "Should water be kept in private hands or be public?" and students got involved in a lively debate on democracy. Even though it lasted only 10 minutes it was for us an unforgettable learning experience.

For the Youth Children’s University of Greece - which is starting now -  the highlights of the visit was to observe the graduation ceremony and the celebration of the Foundation's 5th anniversary, the rituals, the commitment of all parties:

  • children; their enthusiasm and  bright minds,
  • parents; their proudness and importance for their kids' future choices
  • volunteers; their approach to working with children
  • the CU organizers together with the advisors.

Our students enjoyed a lecture given in English - translated on site into Polish. To our surprise, many of our students found the translation helpful but not of real neccessity. They asked us to invite English-speaking lecturers over more often, as for them it was something worth repeating.

Voula’s second visit was a very intense one. We published some pictures onto Picassa

We also had a local TV channel filming the lecture and the ceremony - which you can have a look at by clicking here ; Voula appears at 3.12' and 3.45'

Susan visits Brazil

June 28, 2013 - July 6, 2013

Susan Murabona, from Vision Educational Resources in Kenya visited Yara Toscano from Mudança de Cena in Sao Paolo - Brazil.

This is a video of both what we were expecting to get out from our visit and our reflection on what we learned and shared during that week.

Yara will be going to Nairobi, Kenya at the end of August where we will take our Action Plan further.

A programme for Yara's visit will be published shortly.

Initial Exchange

September 28, 2012

The first step we took was to exchange a background infosheet with a brief history of our organizations, so that we both have a framework to work with. With these contexts in mind it'll be easier to explore differences and similarities and move forward to common goals and learning themes.

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Porto Conference

November 27, 2012 - November 28, 2012

On November 27th and November 28th ECHO visited the SiS Conference in Porto and presented an overview of the Mentoring Associates Program experience between ECHO and PH International. Unfortunately Biljana Nastovska wasn't able to attend the conference, so Pravini Baboeram represented the both of them during a short presentation on their progress. With a brief introduction on ECHO and PH International Pravini elaborated on their action plan and exchange outcomes so far. With a personal video made by Biljana (recorded during the ECHO Conference), both ECHO and PH International were able to capture their learnings.

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ECHO visits PH International in Macedonia

February 5, 2013

On February 5th Pravini Baboeram-Mahes and ECHO Ambassador Mohamed Chohabi visited PH International in Macedonia to meet up with Bijlana Nastovska and her colleagues and counterparts. The first meeting of the day was Ms. Merita Maksuti, PH International Program/Country Director to engage in a conversation about the programs PH International is setting up, their challenges and successes. They also gave an insight in the meaning of living in a multicultural society in Skopje.

After the morning meeting we were able to meet with Sali Salija, Head of Sector for Police and Criminal Affairs. Both he and his colleague elaborated on their role in the programs PH International has set up. ECHO was also delighted to meet the energetic young team of the Educational Youth Forum. The work they do was very similar to the work ECHO does. During this visit ECHO was also introduced to an organization that is working with the Roma community in Skopje.

In between the meetings Biljana took Pravini and Mohamed to see the city and to show the divide between the Albanian and Macedonian community. Being in Skopje really brought all the conversations about the challenges to life, so the visit was very useful to gain that insight and understanding.

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PH International visits ECHO in The Netherlands

November 22, 2012 - November 23, 2012

On November 22nd and November 23rd we, Biljana Nastovska and Pravini Baboeram-Mahes, had our first personal meeting in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Over the course of two days Biljana was introduced to several organizations and key figures who contribute to creating a more inclusive environment for young students from non-western backgrounds. On November 22nd we met up with ECHO Ambassador Mohamed Chohabi, co founder of Bureau for Social Rehabilitation and Recovery in The Hague. His work entails guiding and supporting (former) youth delinquents and their families in participating successfully in Dutch society. His experience and programs have been a great inspiration to the work Biljana is setting up in Macedonia.

In the evening we attended the lecture by dr. Frank Tuitt hosted by the New Urban Collective at the VU University in Amsterdam. During this gathering Biljana was able to gain knowledge on the meaning of inclusive excellence in education. We also witnessed discussions conducted by students from several backgrounds on why race matters in education.

On November 23rd Biljana attended the ECHO Conference in Utrecht where we joined the plenary sessions with dr. Frank Tuitt and participated in the workshops on inclusive excellence in practice and building research-based learning communities together. In between all the sessions we were also able to interact with other participants, students and ECHO staff.

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First MAs visit of ZOOM and Çocukistanbul - Video

January 7, 2013 - January 9, 2013

Click here to watch the video of our first MA-Meeting in January 2013, Istanbul

Mentoring Partnership between ZOOM, Vienna & Cocukistanbul, Istanbul

April 24, 2013

The MAs showcase session in the afternoon started with an update from Elizabeth and Erdoğan on their Mentoring Association between Verein ZOOM Kindermuseum, Vienna & Informel Egitim ve Danismanlik LTD STI / Cocuckistanbul, Istanbul.

You will find their powerpoint presentation attached bellow.

The next steps for them are:

  • Reflection on the Viennese Model
  • Analyse the Needs of Cocuckistanbul (audience, site, other offerings in the field of science education for children in Istanbul, stakeholders, finances)
  • Develop the Istanbul Model

You can find more about those two institutions by visiting their website:

Thank you to the teams from ZOOM and Cocuckistanbul for their work !

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