Summer offers promises of happy vacation moments, carelessness, social media entertainment, sea and romance. But before that, at the beginning of the summer 24 young people from 135 Secondary School “Jan Amos Komenski”, within the framework of their professional practice visited one of our community centers in Fakulteta district. We offered them a lot of emotions and a reason for serious reflection about their future in the profession of social workers by showing them our activities to support early childhood development, but also we offered them an unforgettable experience – training in civic education “Life in democracy” (Module B, from the Digipack program developed by nexus).
Our guests were mixed group of Roma and Bulgarian children from the same school, located near the Roma neighborhood.
As part of the training, students exchanged knowledge and experience about specific activities and steps they could take in regard to fake news or irregularities online and shared ideas and knowledge with their peers. There has also been a discussion about how much they can trust the news and which news feeds are reliable and which are not, which encourages students to look more critically at sources of information.
Discussions on various issues allowed students to express their point of view and were encouraged to defend sometimes opposite positions on the same issue.
We express our gratitude to the management of 135 Secondary School “Jan Amos Komenski” for the opportunity to communicate with these wonderful young people, especially Mrs. Dimana Vetova-Beleva for her dedication to the work, and the diligence she works for diversity to become a successful method of learning in the classroom.