Mind Education @ Remand Home

Activity Report

Location: Remand Home
Activity Date: 17.04.2024
Start Time: 10:00 AM   End Time: 11:00 AM

Facilitators: Kelvin Opondo and Diana Rose
Number of Participants: 21
Male: 19   Female: 2

Activity Purpose/ Summary:
We had a life skills lesson with the older kids, organized them for the class, and then started the session. We gave a brief introduction to what Better Me as an organization does and the kind of mentorship we offer under YUMP.

Next, we introduced our topic of the day, which was mind education. We started by telling them a story to help them relate to what we wanted to talk about. We used the sounds produced by a violin or a guitar as an example – when both are well-tuned, they produce good and better sound, unlike when they are not tuned. We related this to the kids’ behavior and the way they carry themselves. They listed to the “bad tunes” they produced and the “good tunes” they produced. Then we placed them in groups of three and gave them the task of writing down the “bad tunes” and the “good tunes” they produced as a group, along with possible solutions on how to do away with the “bad tunes.” They then presented their group work, and we ended the session.

Personnel Input:
We organized the session, introduced the topic to the kids, and explained the whole topic to them. We then gave them a chance to participate by ensuring each of the kids gave an example of bad tunes and good tunes, and also provided a possible remedy for dealing with the bad tunes they had mentioned. We later divided them into three groups, each comprising seven kids, to further discuss the good and bad tunes and possible ways of dealing with the bad tunes. Afterward, they presented their work and discussed it.

We had the chance to engage in one-on-one conversations with the children, which allowed us to identify and document the negative behaviors they described. Through these discussions, we were able to address and help shift their mindset regarding these negative behaviors. The outcome was positive, with the children deciding to abandon their bad behaviors.

Unanticipated Achievements:
The children were able to identify and discuss various strategies for addressing negative behaviors on their own. They then shared their suggestions, which included rehabilitation, incarceration, avoiding negative influences, and seeking guidance, among others.

Supporting Partners:

April 17, 2024

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