Since 2013, our Association has been developing educational programs under the general title “LEARN to VOLUNTEER” to students of all educational levels, following an invitation and in consultation with the Teachers’ Associations, within the framework of the timetable. These programs are interactive and aim at informing and making pupils aware from a very young age to the concept of volunteering. By completing the program successfully, children will go into action and “officially” become volunteers!
The programs are carried out by teachers and volunteers of our Association and are as follows:
“The Trip to the Sorrowful Country” (for pre-school and preschool children): in our mind, we travel to the “sad village” and we share our imagination in a number of sad situations for which we are called to resolve. Through these situations, children discover empathy, sensitivity, collaboration, teamwork, solidarity. The scenario is spontaneous and adjusts to current events. The presentation is completed with paintings, group play and children’s songs. – “Eftihis and the Rainbow”, based on the book by the writer Evdokia Skordala-Kakatsaki (for first-school children). Through the story of the bear Eftihis, children are confronted with the concept of childhood cancer and emotions which accompany him and discover optimism, solidarity and selfless offering.
“Update-Sensitization-Action” is the magic triptych for the children of the upper classes of Primary School. On the basis of a questionnaire that is given to the beginning in order to retrieve the existing knowledge and to cause concern, a discussion follows. The children, after being informed, are sensitized and take on themselves to sensitize the people around them and finally go into action, thus implementing the final goal of the program. By completing the program, children have a full picture of a volunteer (moral reward, areas of action, skills, abilities, etc.).