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News flash Ethiopia.
Check out the latest news about the start up of 2 new Mobile Schools in Ethiopia.
Monday October 1st a team of mobile school trainers (Rob Sweldens and Bram Van De Putte) traveled to Ethiopia to start up 2 new mobile school projects.
The mobile schools will be integrated in the outreach programs of the organisations 'Retrak' in Addis abeba and 'Yenege tesfa parentless street children organisation' in Gondar.
On a regular base the team will post news flashes on this page.
First trainings and impressions of Ethiopia.
Ethiopia, country of Lucy, our human mother and where all of us are originated from. But not all of us humans are equal. In the capital, Addis Ababa, alone, there are more than 10.000 children living on the street. In Ethiopia in general, numbers are increasing to 100.000 and more.
Reason enough for projects like Yenege Tesfa and Retrak to take action for street children and reason enough for Mobile School to support them with educational materials and trainings.
With the two mobile schools still struggling in custom procedures, we take the opportunity in this first week to launch our theoretical trainings: Self-esteem, a main objective of the mobile school, and counseling skills, a way to empower street children and have a positive impact on their self-esteem. Thereby it’s great to have the two projects together and encourage exchange between them and ourselves. This way everybody is learning!
But who can describe the experiences from the training better than the trainees themselves? Watch and listen to their comments in this movie they made!
We hope that next week we can take the mobile schools out of customs and start with the practical trainings. We'll keep you posted!
This is Ethiopia, Addis Ababa Merkato Area.
The schools are still held up in customs, but the training is going well. Curious where Rob and Bram are? This is what they see from Retrak's offie on Addis Ababa Merkato area.
Tools for street educators in Ethiopia
During the second week, the mobile schools were still in customs, we had to replan our schedule - again! We continued our trainings with the people of Yenege Tesfa and Retrak in Addis Ababa and decided to postpone our traveling to Gondar so we could keep track on custom procedures in case something would happen. During this second week of training, we focussed on the background of our educational panels, different evaluation systems, creativity and street business. This way we give the street educators the necessary tools to plan and implement the mobile school in a sustainable way with enough variation for the street kids..
Luckily Bram and myself (Rob) could divide the trainings so one of us could also follow up the custom procedures. And with success. On Wednesday we received the good news, one of the mobile schools was free to leave to Gondar. On Thursday, one day before our travel to Gondar, the mobile school left in a truck for a two day ride to the streets of Gondar. With the theoretical trainings done, we decided to move everybody and continue the practical trainings with all participants from the two organizations in Gondar….
New street work methodolgy found in Gondar
Before the arrival of the mobile school in Gondar, we decided to explore the existing street work methodologies of Yenege Tesfa. One of them is a coffee ceremony, a typical Ethiopian ritual where people are brought together to watch the process of coffeemaking from scratch, and this way giving time and space to talk and discuss things over.
This ritual is implemented by Yenege Tesfa in the streets to give young and old people living in the streets also the opportunity to talk, while having coffee or tea and to discuss about different topics relevant to them.
Nigisti Gebreselassie, project manager of Yenege Tesfa, explains how it works in this movie:
Huge package arrived in Gondar!
October 13th. It's Saturday morning. We wake up and receive good news: the truck with the mobile school arrived at the office of Yenege Tesfa. We hurry, even though we're in Africa, and go to the office as fast as we can. We want to see the partners unload the truck and open the mobile school. People are holding their breath, adrenaline is rising,.... everybody is bundling their powers...
Experience this amazing moment yourself and listen to the first reactions and impressions of the street workers of Gondar.
With the mobile school in our hands and all participants of Retrak and Yenege Tesfa present in Gondar, we were ready to finish off our trainins with some actual practice.
All the participants need to know how to drive and maintain the school. They have to experience the different possibilities of the educational materials by playing themselves. They have to feel how the mobile school can be used as a tool for creative therapy with street children. And last but not least, they have to see how much fun it is to prepare, improvise, play and be creative....
The streets are waiting.
Ready to go out with the mobile school in the streets of Gondar! Or almost… with all the trainings finished, we challenged the street educators of Gondar and Addis Ababa to plan the right locations, timings and target groups to work with the mobile school. After that, it was time to look for the right panels to put on the mobile school according to the planned objectives.
And finally we went into the streets… with the mobile school, to the Piassa, the main square in Gondar.
See the reactions of the kids and of the mobile school educators during this mobile school activity in Ethiopia!
Creative mathematics at the Mobile School.
During the trainings we challenge the street educators to try out all their creativity on the mobile school. Often we are surprised by the amazing ideas they come up with. Henok Dana, a street educator from Retrak Ethiopia, adapted some mathematical games and exercises for use on the mobile school.
The ideas of Henok will be shared with all mobile school educators and will in the end benefit street children from more than 20 countries!
New prototype approved by street children!
At Mobile School we're always looking for new materials to improve our outreach activities on the streets. With the cooperation of the technical school in Munsterbilzen, we designed a division-tool, which can easily be attached to the mobile school.
The tool teaches kids in a very visual way how a specific amount of bottle caps can be divided into different possibilities and it helps them to increase their understanding of mathematics. The combination of creative ideas from street educators and this tool will definitely have a positive impact on all the mobile schools all over the world.
So no time to waste, it's time to produce these things and send them to our partners!
Watch the prototype in action:
Street Business Toolkit on the mobile school
During the last couple of years new panels were designed for the mobile school. The Street Business Toolkit was originally designed for youngsters living in the streets, wanting to start up their own business in the streets so they could take more controlover their own life. In cooperation with Street Kids International, we adapted their materials to the use on the streets to work with children and youth on talent, aspirations, future possibilities and self-esteem.
The street educators of Gondar were immediately impressed by the possibilities of these new panels and tried them out during the second session on the streets of Gondar.
Watch how the children react:
Educators in Ethiopia ready to rock and roll the mobile schools!
With 4 weeks of training and practice in Addis Ababa and Gondar, we -Rob, Bram and the teams of Retrak and Yenege Tesfa- went out to the streets of Gondar for the last time. Now they had to show us how they would use the mobile school with the street kids. And we were positively impressed with the amazing activities, the energy and the happy street children.
We are very happen to have found 2 good partners here in Ethiopia who can bring the mobile school to the streets. Curious to see the creativity of the street educators in action and the reactions of the street kids?