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Author - Emir Shevkiev

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:

When neighbours become friends. Poland-Lithuania, 2020

In August 2020, 8 young people from all around Poland have taken part in an innovative and interesting project, an exchange of cultures online with a Lithuanian partner.

The first day was mainly to get the participants more aware of the program and the common rules of the project, but it was the 'first contact' between the two groups, which was interesting to see.

The second day started with the Language exchanges that they would continue doing until the end of the project, a short and sweet way of learning some more about the language of the other group.

The third day was one of the first intercultural night, in which the Lithuanian side shared some valuable information about their country.

The most important activity during the 4th day was the one about the national fairytales, both teams taking a more modern approach regarding some very old tales.

The fifth day was marked by another presentation, this time the Poles presented their country and some valuable information.

The last two days were more about the City Challenge that was exhausting yet fun for everyone involved. Videos were created, great moments were shared between the groups and a final heartfelt goodbye on the last day from both groups with a promise of both groups meeting sometime down the line.

All in all, a great experience for the youngsters, filled with great achievements, laughs and unforgettable experiences!

By Celin Boldea

ESC stories. Anna Kuzmuk

Hi everyone 🙌
My name is Anna and I started my volunteer adventure on the 1st of July this year (2020) 🌍
Two weeks ago, I became a part of a European Solidarity Corps project in Riga, Latvia! And my life changed forever🤘 A new country, a new city, a new language, new friends and a new me 😃
I'm just getting started on my volunteer journey, but I really like it and I'm happy that I made up my mind 😉

During the project, I am working as a volunteer with the youngsters from the Riga Municipal Children's and Youth Center. The main tasks include individual activities, non-formal education and creative workshops, sport activities workshops and etc. 🌅🧘🏻‍♀️📚🌿

Volunteering is not only helping others but also you can upgrade yourself. Volunteering can help you make friends, learn new skills and advance your career 🔝

Now we have a football tournament between Riga Municipal Children's and Youth Centers. I'm rooting for youngsters with all my heart 💚 Healthy lifestyle, respect and fair play these are the basic concepts that we want to convey to the youngsters through the sport activities - football games 

Become a Volunteer and Change your Life and the World ✌️

ESC stories. Nuray Yaşar

As Logos EVS volunteer I spent beautiful 6 months in Poland and I want to mention my EVS journey. Everything started with an open call on a Facebook group. Logos was looking for volunteers from Turkey and I applied for it. Back then I had no idea about Logos NGO. After a successful selection process, I came to Poznan and started to support my organization at the office and the local activities. I organized workshops, made presentations at schools, attended a fair to represent Logos and etc. I met amazing people and built new friendships. I gained new skills and experiences during my voluntary service. I am glad to join to EVS program and be part of the Logos family."

Thank you Nuray and Logos wish you full of successes🤩

ESC stories. Selin Üstüner

My 6 month Evs journey has come to an end. It was difficult for me in the beginning to adapt to a new country, new people, but thanks to LOGOS family it didnt last long 🙂 I gained new perspectives, ideas and it helped me to better understand who I am, what I like, what I enjoy.
I have experienced a lot of stuff that I wouldnt experience in my own country. I am glad that I left my comfort zone and decided to do that. Leaving my comfort zone helped me to become aware of my responsibilities more and more.
I participated to a lot of activities, events, trainings and met many wonderful people that influenced me.
I feel myself very lucky to have such and amazing experince and memories that I wouldn't forget for the rest of my life! 🙂
Thank you all for making this journey amazing, I highly recommend you to be a part of this family!