my name is Francesca Pasquato, I’m coordinating the “Ka2gether” project for the association “El Comedor Estudiantil Giordano Liva” in Pisa, Italy, and I’m going to tell you briefly our commitment for the KA2 project 2015-2017 in Perù. To do that, we have thought an imaginative interview with our sending-mentor Francesco Tamburro to explain the guidelines of the educational workshops in Perù.
So, let’s start !
At the end of July we knew that the European Commission approved the KA2gether project from our Spanish partner, the Fundanción Rey Ardid, based in Saragoza, and we were very happy to know it!
It represented for our association a challenge on some important tasks fostered by the European Commission such as: exchanging experiences and good practices with other partner in Europe (who promote initiative around the world), creating innovative experiences about non-formal learning (useful for young disadvantaged people), through cooperative and participatory methods.
The first phase of the project have been dedicated to the selection of 2 EVS volunteers with our partner Asociación Civil Giordano Liva of Caracoto in Perù and, after a long selection process, with nearly 60 volunteers’ applications arrived, finally we have chose Barbara Bannetta and Viola Cottini.
We’ve been pleased of them, because from the very first time, they have been very active and collaborative in the preparation of the forthcoming workshops.
In fact, thanks to their ideas and proposals it was possible to design, from 26th to 29th February 2016, the pre-departure course in Pisa with the collaboration of Francesco Tamburro (sociologist) Alba Sarompas (educator and artist) and Monia D’Amico (interim project co-ordinator). At the end of it, we wrote a Guide for the production of workshops with children in Perù.
During the pre-departure course Barbara and Viola received also some information about the Erasmus+ Programme, the EVS objectives and goals, some advice about the non-formal learning, intercultural understanding and an overview on the Peruvian educational and socio-political context.
So here, in brief, the main steps of this important ongoing experience while Barbara and Viola are still working in Perù and we are eager to know their final results. By now, I leave the floor to Francesco who is going to share with you some ideas behind the workshops with children … bye bye,
Thanks Francesca, first of all I wish to say that the whole managing process of the workshops has been stimulating because we’ve started to work on it immediately after our volunteers’ selection. We’ve spent almost three months to organize the pre-departure course and our main problem was to think how to develop the main guidelines of the European Commission on non-formal learning in the environment of educational experiences between different countries around the world.
The paradigm of the non-formal learning is quite recent and it was developed at the end of the Nineteen century, when many scholars attempted to follow the industrial revolution’s wake, also in the educational context.
At that time many school programs moved into the paradigm called the New School, where the scholars and teachers set out a new path to connect the non-formal learning with the idea of learning by doing.
Today, the cultural heritage of this paradigm is improved also by many NGOs working in many fields as: medicine, social assistance and offering support for young people with fewer opportunities. This informal movement arises from a new term called social empathy.
In this way, the workshops in Caracoto and Juliaca, have been designed and conceived taking into consideration the cultural scenario and children’s age (between 3 and 11 year old).
According to many scholars and educators, this age group is considered very important in cognitive development, defined as kinesthetic development because the young brain is involved in the psycho-physical peculiarities placed in a specific cultural context.
Taking into consideration these theories, we have selected some of the main ideas of Bruno Munari’s works, an artist and designer, who spent his life to achieve workshops for children following the notion of learning by doing.
In this way, we have to thank Alba Sarompas, an artist and educator, who shared with us her know-how to define the workshops with children, and inspiring us with a particular point of view, from a Munari side, I mean !
Finally, we will give you more details about the Guidelines for the activities held at Caracoto and Juliaca schools and I’m waiting for the next question from Francesca.
See you soon, Francesco