Johanna, our Admin Coordinator in Colombia recently participated in an activity held by our partner Corpolatin to prevent and reduce violence at home and at school.
When we arrived at the school, the children were anxiously waiting for us to start the activity. Their faces were filled with happiness and they were paying close attention to the instructions for the day. The activity began by dividing the children into groups; some went outside and some stayed in the classroom. Our group found a cool spot underneath a tree and we all sat in a circle. We started by reading a story that included an example of violence at school, where the children had to identify the ‘goodies’ and the ‘baddies’, as well as the problems and conflicts in the story. Our mission was to create a superhero that would come and solve all these problems and conflicts.
Each child contributed to the creation of the superhero, from their hair colour and their name, to what superpowers they would have. Once the children finished drawing, all the groups got together again in the classroom to present their work to the rest of the class.
The solutions the children gave to the conflicts were very valuable, but the most striking thing about this was that all the groups agreed that the key to solving any type of problem, whether it is at school, with friends or at home, is good communication.
This was a great opportunity for the children to express their ideas, work in groups and set their imagination free. The most important thing about the activity was it motivated children to think about how they can solve their own problems. It was really inspiring to see the children learn that they can be part of the solution.