We keep on building BRIDGES for communication (now online…)
The new and sudden social conditions we live in do put a barrier to our in person meetings but they cannot stop us from staying in contact realizing all that links us. In March, the ANTIGONE’s team attempted the first online meeting with Thessaloniki’s 12th Vocational High School student participants of BRIDGES. All children expressed their need, will and intention to keep on sharing and creating together under the BRIDGES project. Since then, our meetings take place on a weekly basis via webinar tools. Under those difficult and peculiar circumstances children find themselves with much of time to spare but with only few chances to contact and communicate between them. This is why they find BRIDGES an ideal chance for them to discharge from problems and stressful thoughts, to reflect and to relax.
The ANTIGONE’s team together with the students came up with the program that is followed in the weekly meetings. Through various photography activities aiming to self-expression, self-knowledge, sentimental well-being and sensitization on various social issues, the group members share thoughts, feelings and ideas, learn each other in depth and jointly build the bridges that connect them.
In order to run the online meetings, the students who live in the Refugee Camp of Diavata connect all together in one PC supported by the educator of “Arsis” NGO who is responsible for their education and well-being. In parallel, the rest students and the educational team of ANTIGONE connect from home. Overall, the group is consisted by students of Roma origin and students with origin from Albania, Russia and Bangladesh.
The team and the workshops of the project enable children enjoy qualitative time with their classmates facilitating them to stay focused on common aims and desires they initially set with BRIDGES launch and they had already started realizing. ANTIGONE supports them and their efforts to manage succeed those aims.
We continue shaping our school and our neighbourhood together! We stay in touch!!