Open Session @ Remand Home

Activity Report

Location: Remand Home
Activity Date: 17.01.2024
Start Time: 10:00 AM   End Time: 12:00 PM

Facilitators: Shin, Ruth, Johannes
Number of Participants: 15
Male: 14   Female: 1

Activity Purpose/ Summary:
This open session was intended to encourage children to draw. They got inspirations by volunteers who provided examples of drawings that can express emotions or thoughts dominating the children’s current mind.

Later it went over to an open discussion where volunteers and social worker initiated a recap of an English class that took place the day before. During this class we have handled vocabulary related to values, good/bad manners and emotions, respectively.

Given some current random behaviour by the children volunteers explained to the children what’s wrong with this and how it should be. And how it relates to good manners (e.g. respect, apologies, think and talk first before acting by pushing / punishment).

Some of the discussed misbehaviour relates to:
* not listening / respecting if one person is speaking to the group
* leading a separate conversation when one is speaking to the group
* some other children have entered the room without permission and started to disturb; some children from the discussing group kept pushing them outside of the room again, slightly violent

Personnel Input:
* personal sketches and drawings by volunteers
* personal memories and thoughts of the volunteer for the discussion group
* some sweets provided by volunteers

* Children took over the idea of drawing started immediately to draw.
* It was obvious that the children realised and understood the explanations within the open discussion about values. Once they realised they acted accordingly (allow one person to speak to the group, addressing apologies for misbehaviour, showing respect in general)

To learn value related vocabulary does have the side effect to discuss what the respective term actually means and it was practiced immediately.

Unanticipated Achievements:
* Children remained silent and focused while keep drawing.
* Children immediately showed good manners once these got explained to them properly in a way they can understand.

Supporting Partners:

January 17, 2024

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