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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!
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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

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

This is the future: ideas in mind! Poznan, Poland, 2020

"This is the future: ideas in mind!" was a training course that took place in Poznan, Poland on 4-12 of January, 2020. This project was developed by Centrum financni gramotnosti and Logos and hosted by Logos Polska. The training course was made within Erasmus+ programme and funded by the Polish national agency.

Project aim:

Aim of the project was to empower people to expand job opportunities in their communities through transforming skills they improve during the TC.

Objectives:

  • To explain the sustainability and independence of social enterprises on real examples.
  • Implement creating a social enterprise as an alternative to NGO.
  • Transfer entrepreneurial skills such as budgeting, digital tools for promotion, business plan creation.
  • Make sure participants are able to transfer the skills to young people through various interactive methods.

Issues addressed:

  • Lack of professionalism /competencies in Social Entrepreneurship.
  • Unemployment
  • Slow (or non-existent) inclusion of people with fewer opportunities.
  • Social exclusion
  • Lack of youthworkers' skills like budgeting, fundraising and promoting via digital tools

Project results

During the project a ToolBox with business ideas for social entrepreneurship was developed and it is available below

Soft skills for group leaders. Poznan, Poland, 2019

About the project

Soft skills for group leaders was a training course held in Poznan, Poland between 4th and 12th of January 2019. This training course was hosted by Logos Polska, which created it together with TURKIYE AVRUPA VAKFI.

Soft skills enable people to effectively navigate their environment and at the same time work well with others. They help to perform well and achieve their goals with complementing hard skills. However, traditionally, people don't receive adequate soft skills training - either during vocational instruction or as part of on- the- job training. Ironically, for many people, the so-called soft skills are often some of the hardest skills to develop. Like hard skills, soft skills require a lot of practice to make a person really skilled at using them. Unlike hard skills, there are no exams to prove that you can do them. It is measured personally by how well a person manages the relationships with those around him/her.

Objectives:

  • To get  participants familiar with the current concept of soft skills, different groups of soft skills, and their importance in personal and career development
  • To develop  and  improve specific soft skills
  • To inspire the participants to promote  soft skills development among their colleagues,  youth target groups and other youth NGOs

Critical Thinking. Information hygiene. Poznan, Poland, 2018

Youth Exchange “Critical Thinking. Information hygiene” has been just finished. Good things always come to the end quickly. But let me share with you what I actually experienced: I gained lots of necessary information, met 32 enthusiastic and motivated people, learned some Hungarian, Slovakian and Czech, made good friends and created the new movement. How? Through the opportunity of international organization Visegrad Fund, which funded this YE.

This was an excellent chance for 32 youth people from Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary to come together and plunge into the issue of media literacy, cognitive biases, raise the awareness and understanding of our cultures and countries.

Day by day we deal with the very simple to more serious issues. Various creative workshops led us to better understand the media influence and its effect. We all learned about different biases and how actually biased all people are. It all happens unconsciously. By judging Abigail’s decisions, we understood that not always we see the situation as it is, and we only evaluate everything from one perspective. Through the debate time, we tested our abilities to persuade people. Discussion of the current media situation in our countries made us more aware of how careful we should be with the media.

The biggest day was actually the OPEN EVENT, which was a rewarding moment for the participants. This day we showed and shared about our work done during the training course. It was amazing teamwork which turned in an online game “Do YOU KNOW YOURSELF?”, which we played online and after discussed our results and gave a clear explanation on biases. The colourful leaflets and posters were created about critical thinking. Lots of work has been done to translate the information which we had into Polish, Slovakian and Hungarian languages. The video team impressed everyone with their own creation of the notion “Critical Thinking”.

We have learned a lot and succeeded in a REALLY good result. All these we achieved due to the good work of our trainers Marko Boyko and Anna Golovchenko, who were always there leading us the right direction. We are grateful to the NGO “Logos Polska” for providing us with such opportunity to take part in the Youth Exchange, for support in preparation for the project. Finally, good things are happening for a reason. This good reason turned out to be us! Thanks to all people who were involved here and the organisation which made this event happen: Logos Polska, Centrum finanční gramotnosti, SYTEV, EBI - Egyesület Békéscsaba Ifjúságáért.

Check the video from the project