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Author - Emir Shevkiev

Escape rooms for education: fair future without xenophobia. Poznan, Poland, 2021.

"Escape rooms for education: fair future without xenophobia" was a training course hosted and implemented by Logos. It happened on 21-28 of November 2021 in Poznan, Poland.

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It was 9 fabulous days of learning and exploring. Let's sum up the outcomes of our hard work. During these days, we got to know a lot about each other and our countries, learned about European values and Erasmus+, conducted two open events, engaged with locals, and, of course, built 3 unique escape rooms with educational purpose on the topic of human rights and its violation.
As the dissemination of the project we had an open event with around 50 guests, who played escape rooms, made by participants and learned about important human right issues.

🧩Escape room №1.

🎯Topic: Domestic violence
Name of the room: Love makes a house a home
Short description: There are a lot of people all over the world who are experiencing domestic violence. Women, children, men, and others. But during pandemic times, this number rose even more. Thus, the project participants want to present an escape room that will help others see the problem closer than only from the statistics and numbers. In this game, you are supposed to be in the role of neighbors who have heard that something is going on in the house, and now they need to clarify what is happening while the husband is absent.
🔗Link to the toolbox*: https://cutt.ly/fYEey0i

 

🧩Escape room №2.
🎯Topic: Freedom of speech
Name of the room: Independent speech
Short description: Violation of freedom of speech is one of today's biggest problems. Almost nothing threatens to democracy more. And our participants understood this topic perfectly. They created an escape room where you can experience which difficulties journalists face when they want to tell others. With the help of this room, players will gain knowledge about the freedom of sharing information, about the right of a person to express their personal position and view without fear of consequences.
🔗Link to the toolbox: https://cutt.ly/NYEtvo1

 

🧩Escape room №3.
🎯Topic: Xenophobia
Name of the room: Birou de resedinte
Short description: Xenophobia is not something we hear about a lot. But actually, fear of foreign things is a widespread problem, even in the EU countries. Therefore, the main goal of the escape room, which participants wanted to deliver, is to show how xenophobia works in developed countries. And they nailed it. Open toolbox to know more details; we wouldn't like to spoil the scenario:)
🔗Link to the toolbox: https://cutt.ly/QYEik5H
*With the help of the toolbox, you can fully reconstruct the escape room and spread the knowledge of human rights in your hometown. 😱

 

☝🏽Special thanks we want to say to our great partners: Amitie Franco Russe Languedoc, OPORA, Sağlam Düşüncə Gənclər Təşkilatı • SDGT, FUSION-Intercultural Projects Berlin e.V., Karas and Avrasya Genclik Gelirim Dergeni.
☝🏽And also Erasmus+ and NAWA Narodowa Agencja Wymiany Akademickiej for the funding and support of this Training Course.
Thank all of you!
Learn with Logos, learning is fun!

I want to break free. Beziers, France, 2021

"I want to break free" was an international training course where youth workers, youth leaders and NGO activists learned how to build escape rooms for educational purposes.
To practice received knowledge we build 3 escape rooms on topics of cyberbullying, gender inequality and minorities rights.
📲 The room about cyberbullying - "Cybertrouble" tells a story of a girl who has been receiving some aggressive messages recently. You will need to follow her Instagram and find out where has she gone
👩‍🏫When entering the room about gender inequality "Not woman" you will be placed in a house of an Afghani woman, who was working as a teacher and now needs to flee her country. You will find out difficulties she faced and learn about human rights violations in Afghanistan
🌈 The room "Love is love" tells the story of Jean-Luc through his diary. You will get to know which difficulties he went through and will understand the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ community
We made an open event where we together with some locals played escape rooms built by participants. To promote it we made online event - https://www.facebook.com/events/870358100506660/
All escape rooms have now been disassembled but information about them is available at our Google Drive - https://drive.google.com/.../1znTD2b2...
If you want to build similar escape rooms, you will find there toolboxes with detailed descriptions of stories, puzzles and all needed information to build them.
This project was organised by Logos in partnership with Amitie Franco Russe Languedoc with the support of Erasmus+ programme and French national agency Agence Erasmus+ France Jeunesse & Sport Service Civique

Our Carpathian Stories. Lviv-Dzembronya-Babyn, Ukraine, 2021

Our Carpathian stories was an almost 2 weeks long Youth exchange, where we used outdoor education and hiking in mountains to develop and share stories. We started from our favourite Білий Слон camping and went to beautiful (and very cold at that moment) Carpathians. We hiked for 4 days and met local people, animals and of course nature.

We visited Shyptsi and Rebra mountains, cooked on the fire and told each other different stories.
It was a challenging but unique experience for all participants - those who were on their first hike and those who are experienced.
When we came down we learned more about storytelling, got to know locals and especially babushkas and did rafting!

This youth exchange was implemented by Logos, Kompetenta Unga, Lernlabor, European Integration Group, Karas, Amazing Educaiton and was financed by Erasmus+ programme

Below we want to share results of the projects made by participants

Photo story about Khata Maysternya, one of the locations that we stayed at

Drawing made by participants to represent our hike

Photo editing made in style of famous artists

Video shot by participant of the project

Video shot by participant of the project

Video shot by participant of the project

A tale written and performed by participants

Drawing by participant

Hiking can be exhausting

Video made by project participant

Critical force. Poznan, Poland, 2021

Critical force was a training course that took place in Poznan, Polan in July, 2021. This training course was devoted to topics of critical thinking and media literacy. It was hosted by Logos Polska and implemented by a consortium of partners from different programme and partner countries. The audience of the training course were youth workers, youth leaders and NGO activists.

At this training course we covered various topics:

  • Cognitive biases
  • Logical fallacies
  • Media literacy
  • Misconceptions
  • Strategies for development of the Critical Thinking
  • Fighting propaganda
  • Photo fakes
  • Debunking fakes
  • Working with sources
  • Fact-checking
  • Experiential learning and non-formal education
  • Developing own workshops and activities

We made 2 open events - an intercultural party that took place in the local bar Barbarka and an open event to present the results of the project developed by participants. We had around 60 people at intercultural event and about 35 at the project results presentation event.

Project partners:

  • Logos Polska
  • Planbe Plan It Be It (Cyprus)
  • «Karas» (Belarus)
  • VsI Kurybingumo ir Inovaciju Centras, Lithuania
  • Logos Ukraine
  • Solidaried'arte (Portugal)
  • Moldoway (Moldova)
  • ALTER EGO (Greece)

This project was supported by the Polish national agency and Erasmus+ programme

Training course "Critical force" was made as a part of the international Skepsis movement

Please see the results of the project - different workshops made by participants of the training course

Escape to diversity. Poltava, Ukraine, 2021

Escape to diversity is a project about escape rooms for educational purposes. At this training course, we gathered 20 youth workers, NGO activists and youth leaders to teach them how to use escape rooms for education.

This training course was funded by the International Visegrad Fund in 2020 and it took a long year for us to implement it. We had to deal with the coronavirus epidemic, travel restrictions and one of the trainers getting COVID on the last day before the activity. But we managed it!

Though our original intention was to do it in Kyiv, in the end, we implemented it in Poltava. This is a beautiful city with amazing people. Thanks to the professionalism of our organizers - Veronika Kurkina and Dmitriy Markov, the training course was implemented flawlessly.

The idea of the training course was similar to other training courses we made on this topic. Participants learned about escape rooms, went to play several of those to practice and then built 3 amazing rooms of their own.

On 23rd of May, we made an open event to invite locals to play the rooms that were made by participants and to promote ideas of inclusion, diversity and human rights. Event was attended by 25 people and together with training course participants, they played escape rooms over 15 times.

Toolboxes

Below you can find a short description of the rooms that participants built and links to toolboxes, that contain all needed information if you want to build one yourself. In case if you need help with constructing your own room contact us at [email protected] or find contacts of escape rooms designers in the toolboxes

Sürgünlik

This is an escape room that tells about the deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944. Though being quite difficult emotionally this room was extremely interesting to visit and play. Players learned about facts and stories about the genocide of the Crimean Tatar nation.

Hata na tata

In this escape room, players will have a chance to think about equal distribution of family responsibilities, appreciate a woman's work as a mother, a wife and a working person. Understand difficulties and their effect on mental health.

Broadcast studio

Creators of this escape room worked on the important topic of religious understanding. Players will step into the shoes of journalists who need to stop the publishing of the discriminative article.

Teams that created escape rooms

Educational escape rooms creation guide

An additional output of the training course is a short guide on how to build educational escape rooms. Check it below to understand how you start making an educational escape room, how you choose a room, make puzzles and design interesting story. This guide also contains links to video tutorials that we made to help youth workers build their educational escape rooms.

Web-site

More information about the project is also available at the project's web-site https://escapeproject.logos.ngo/ 

Project partners

The project was developed and hosted by Logos Ukraine, but it wouldn't be possible without the help and cooperation of our amazing partners:

Bridging Soft Skills: Filling the missing basics. Beziers, France, 2021

In April 2021, Logos was leading the course “𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐒𝐨𝐟𝐭 𝐒𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐬: 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐬" in France🇫🇷. It was held from 12th till 21st April 2021 with participants from 5 different countries! We were happy to work during these hard times and have an opportunity to develop.
During the whole week, participants got familiar with the current concept of soft skills, different groups of soft skills, and their importance in personal and career development. Participants analyzed deeper the problems with the soft skills they face personally and in their work, developed and improved specific soft skills.
We gave the participants the space to share their experience and best practice on development as well as improvement of soft skills, and realize their personal needs and the possible contribution of each partner.
🔺The most 5 top skills that participants worked over were:
- Personal/interpersonal skills,
- Communication skills,
- Creative and critical thinking,
- Presentation skills,
- Leadership skills;
The outcomes of the project were the creation of the projects for future collaboration. Participants created 6 local projects they want to work on in their home countries. Great ideas and worthy applying ones. Let's wish good luck to those who applied them this year and we will provide support if needed in the future.
We are grateful to the hosting organisation Amitie Franco Russe Languedoc and the financial support provided by Erasmus+

Check the video about the project

Skepsis – critical thinking in tools. Beziers, France, 2021

Skepsis - critical thinking in tools was an international training course that was developed by Logos and AFRL. We spoke about critical thinking, media literacy, fakes, misinformation, misconceptions, cognitive biases and much more. This project was implemented within the international Skepsis movement devoted to the development of critical thinking and media literacy

During the project, we had a meeting with the mayor of Agde. Mister Gilles D'Ettore met with participants of the training course to discuss youth participation and the role of media in political life. They also learned about the history of the city and asked questions directly to the Mayor. That was a pleasant and interesting meeting for us.

After receiving knowledge on the topic, participants created their own tools and ideas about critical thinking.

At the end of the project, we made an open online event (https://www.facebook.com/events/282275840007966) to share tools and ideas that participants of the training course developed. This open event was attended by people from 9 different countries.

We want to thank our lovely partner Amitie Franco Russe Languedoc for organising it, our other lovely partners for supporting and taking part Baltijas Reģionālais fonds Brno for you, z.s. Asociación Las Niñas del Tul Pozitiva Samobor PlanBe, Plan it Be it Global Union for Innovations, Development and Education - GUIDE

This project was supported by Erasmus+ programme and Agence Erasmus+ France Jeunesse & Sport. Thank you very much for helping us!

Tools

At the project, participants worked to create various tools which could be used for education on critical thinking and media literacy. See them below and feel free to use any that you find interesting.

Cognitive Bias Practical Activity

This game aims to be aware of how easily you can be tricked by your brain by putting in practice various cognitive biases in a funny way. (30-45mn)

Posters about critical thinking

Use these posters to illustrate your workshop on critical thinking or for decoration

Critical thinking online interactive game

Play together with Skepsotron to learn about misconceptions and fakes. Click the link to play - https://www.thinglink.com/video/1437027929220448258. Or you can play it on our website below

Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange. May-November, 2020

From June till November Polish citizens and residents had the opportunity to take part in the Debate Exchange project. It was a great opportunity to participate in an exchange which is taking place in virtual space – on an online platform.

Debate Exchange –It’s not only a great possibility to break out boredom. You have also a chance to discuss important subjects with people all around the world without leaving your home. You can meet interesting people, share your point of view and improve or even get new skills such as speaking, active listening or debating abilities.

Each participants need to complete at least one cycle. Cycles consist of following parts:

-          Training (Group members are agreeing on a time of training which is leading by a team leader.)

-          Debate

-          Post-debate Dialogue session (followed discussion on debate’s matters, observations and experience)

Beside priceless knowledge and experience, participants are rewarded with EU certificates.

That’s what our participants told about their experience:

Kajetan:

Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange is a great opportunity to share your ideas in a multicultural environment. You don’t need to be a perfect speaker. All you need is motivation and an open mind.

Maria :

Participating in Debate Exchange first of all was a unique opportunity to step out of my “worldview bubble” as it gave me the chance to hear the opinion and follow the way of reasoning of people who were influenced by different upbringing, culture, religion etc. I found this experience enriching due to the fact that the preparation for the debate (in my case the ethicality of eating meat) simply broadened my mind. I fully recommend this online exchange”

Mission Impossible. Poland – Lithuania, 2020

From 15th until 21st November, 2020 we implemented our hybrid Youth Exchange: Mission Impossible. The hybrid youth exchange took place online and offline at the same time. Some of participants gathered together in Poland and some gathered in Lithuania. Other joined online.

Thanks to our partners from Lithuania Stovykla „Draugai“ and the donors Jaunimo Reikalų Departamentas we gathered 20 young people from Lithuania and Poland, both on-line and off-line in Poznań; who spend 5 days exchanging ideas, experiences and having a lot of fun.

The participants had the chance to learn a little bit more about the concept of social business, to get the awareness of the social problems that both societies, Polish and Lithuanian, are facing nowadays; and to propose real solutions to those through their own social business projects.

Moreover, we had the chance to present our countries through creative presentations, music, legends and quizzes in our Lithuanian and Polish intercultural sessions.

Once again we would like to congratulate our participants for their commitment and amazing job and to our partners as well as donors for making it possible to implement such as amazing initiative, especially taking into account the current difficulties we are all facing.

Think critical. Skepsis. Poznan, Poland, 2020

During 23-30 of August, under the coordination of Logos NGO, we had a possibility to implement a project "Think critical. Skepsis" in Poznan, Poland. This project was implemented within the Skepsis movement 
For a whole week, we have been working on the themes of critical thinking and media literacy with 4 countries: Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia.
Trainers presented some interesting information on cognitive biases, logical fallacies, misconceptions, fake news, and fake photos. Then, participants were asked to create their own workshops and they did it in an amazing way:
- Some of them staged interactive theatre including logical fallacies and cognitive biases.
- Some people designed stickers on "Smart fact-checking"
- Another team made a Kahoot presentation of biases.
- Moreover, one team decided to involve an article analysis of the Russian vaccine.
- And the last team also did an incredible thing. They filmed a video, a social experiment, you already saw on our page.
Unfortunately, the project is over. Everybody is already home. Because of the pandemic situation, some activities were cancelled, but anyway, the project was really educational.
Don’t forget that the learning process can be also fun and not exhausting!
The project was supported by International Visegrad Fund.
We have created a website where all the outcomes you can find. You can definitely use it and share it with others.

Logos organization and Skepsis movement are thankful to all of you, partners, and participants, for this educational project to happen. We hope you found out new knowledge or at least now know the direction to move on.

This project was developed and hosted by Logos and implemented together with our great partners: