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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Awareness Raising at Lycée Wend-Manegda

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Début de l’activité: 15h15mins
Lieu: Lycée Wend-Manegda
ObjetSensibilisation sur le handicap et la promotion des produits des artisans de Tigoung Nonma.
Nombre de participants: Environ 50 élèves du 1er cycle
Fin de l’activité : 17h15mins


Dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre du programme d’activité des volontaires de la cohorte 12 de Tigoung Nonma, il a été réalisé une sensibilisation au sein du Lycée Wend-Manegda le 23 avril 2015. Cette sensibilisation a eu pour thème : « le handicap et la promotion des produits des artisans de Tigoung Nonma »

Cette sensibilisation a duré environ deux heures et s’est déroulé en deux étapes.
La première étape a débuté par une présentation de « International Service » et de l’association « Tigoung Nonma » avant d’aborder la thématique du handicap, les problèmes auxquels les personnes en situation font face au quotidien et les solutions à envisager pour une meilleure intégration.

Ensuite, les élèves ont été soumis à un questionnaire pour évaluer ce qu’ils ont comme information sur le handicap et ce qu’ils ont pu retenir de notre présentation. Nous avons été agréablement surpris par les connaissances que notre auditoire si jeune avait sur la question du handicap. Par exemple à la question de savoir « que pensez du handicap » une jeune élève de sixième répondit « le handicap n’est pas une fatalité ». Pour clore cette série de questionnaire nous avons projeté une vidéo sur le paralympique, et les élèves étaient étonné que les personnes en situation de handicap arrivent à pratiquer le sport.

Par la suite, un membre de l’association s’est entretenu avec les élèves afin de leur montrer qu’une personne en situation de handicap peut mener une vie normale comme toute autre personne et sans difficulté majeure. Pour appuyer ces propos, certains volontaires ont présenté un échantillon des produits fabriqués par les artisans de TN. Les élèves étaient ébahis par ces produits, et n’imaginaient pas que des personnes en situation de handicap puissent les fabriquer. C’est donc avec admiration qu’ils sont passés tour à tour pour découvrir les produits.

La deuxième étape quant à elle a consisté à la phase pratique de la sensibilisation. Les volontaires ont proposé des jeux permettant aux élèves de se mettre dans la peau des personnes en situation de handicap (remplir un seau en marchant avec des béquilles, en ayant les yeux bandés ou avec des chaussettes dans les mains).

Ces jeux ont permis aux élèves de comprendre les difficultés auxquelles font face les personnes en situation de handicap.

Une photo de famille des volontaires a été prise pour clôturer la sensibilisation. 






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Awareness Raising at Wend Manegda Catholic Grammar School

After we finished work and the children all finished school, we arranged a taxi to take us to Wend Manegda, a Catholic, Secondary, private school. We arranged some awareness raising activites for a class, to help them have a better understanding of physical and mental disabilities and life at Tigoung Nonma for our Artisans. We also prepared a presentation and a quiz to discover more about what they already know.

The presentation was introduced by Achille, our Team Leader. The class was very small to start off with but only in a matter of minutes, we could see the interest of other students becoming more and more known, especially seen as we had sweets to award students with the right answers. Achille introduced us all as volunteers working for the charity, International Service and the association, Tigoung Nonma before addressing disability issues, the problems that people face within everyday situations and possible solutions for better integration.

The students were then given a quiz, Cyrille spoke aloud to all the class to assess what information they already knew on disabilities. We were pleasantly surprised by the knowledge that our audience that were so young. For an example the question: What is a disability? A young sixth grader replied, disability is not inevitable, you can go on throughout your life and are like any other human being. To conclude the questionnaire, we then showed them a short video about Paralympic sports. The students were all shocked that people with disabilities are able today to take part in Olympic sports.

A member of our association, Tigoung Nonma named Leonnie, then met with the students to show them that a person with disabilities can lead a normal life like any other person, without major difficulty. To support this statement, we all brought in some samples of products made by the Artisans of TN. The students were amazed by the products and the quality of them. So it is with admiration, they went in turn to take a look for themselves.
Once we were all outside, the children already seemed more alive! The excitement was all over their faces! We set out an activity involving to use certain aids for people with disabilities like crutches and blindfolds for the blind and also, some socks for the children to wear over their hands so they can experience not being able to use their own fingers. The task was for them to collect as much water as they could for their team. They had to walk using either the crutches, blindfold of hand covers. What we found most difficult for the children and ourselves was the crutches, as it is very hard to balance and walk steadily carrying a cup full of water to and from the buckets. Overall the activity was a great success and encouraged the children to engage a lot more and also experience the frustration and hard work from every person with a disability.

Afterwards we gave the children some sheets of paper and asked for a volunteer. We then spoke to the volunteer in private, asking them to draw a specific animal. The volunteer was then blindfolded and had to try their best to draw the choice of animal for the rest of the children to guess what it could be. We had some very interesting Artists in the group that’s for sure! But all children were very clever to figure out the animal, before I even could!
Was a lot of fun to see them all enjoy themselves! I really loved visiting their school, as all the students were really polite and friendly and also the Headmaster was a pleasure to meet, always with a huge welcoming smile on his face! Was a great experience and I can’t wait to visit more schools in the future!

Here are some photos from the day:
























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