Name of the activity: Alimni (Teach me)

Country/NMO: Algeria (Le Souk)

Program: Children Health & Rights

 

Contact information: [email protected]

Type of the activity: Education

 

General description:

Throught this multi-component project, Alimni aims to provide educational sessions in different subjects and fields for the benefit of different categories. of children. Support courses in Maths, Arabic and French, in line with the official ministerial program, for the benefit of children enrolled in the Ali Remli Benaknoun School Adaptation Center (Alimni 1); educational and cultural activities in music, drawing and theater for children hospitalized for a long time in 5 hospitals to make them forget their suffering (Alimni 2) and 5 sensitization sessions on 5 topics in schools (Alimni 3), remain the components of Alimni that strive the Organizing Committee to insure.

A) Alimni 1in the Ali Remli Benaknoun School Adaptation Center :
– Where : Ali Remli Benaknoun School Adaptation Center
– The courses concerned : Maths, Arabic and French.
– Number of educators : 30 (about 8 in each course).
– Number of children : 20
– Number of sessions : 7
– Date of the 1st session : February 1st, 2018
– Date of the last session : May 10th, 2018

B) Alimni 2 in hospitals :
a) Cultural activities :
– Type of activities : music lessons, manual activities and drawing lessons.
– Number of hospitals : 5
– Number of participants : 12 (some are very talented in music and drawing)
– Date of the 1st session : May 3rd, 2018
– Still in implementatio, weekly.
b) Educational activities :
– Courses : Maths, Arabic, French, English and Islamic education
– Number of hospitals : 2
– Number of participants : 6
– Two sessions only were insured because of some problems in some hospitals. They told us that the children have already a programm that they follow with their own educators.
– Date of the 1st session : May 2nd, 2018

C) Alimni 3 : the sensitization sessions
– Topics : protection of the environment, dangers of tobacco, what do you know about autism? , the dangers of using screens and a motivation session.
– Number of participants : 7
– Number of the educational establishments : 4
– Number of sessions : 5
– Date of the 1st session : May 6th
– Date of the last session : May 10th

Focus area:

Children’s rights with emphasis on the right to education, Children’s rights with emphasis on the right to health and access to healthcare services

Problem statement:

It doesn’t require a lot to notice that the Algerian society is submerged of several and serious problems making the standard of living somehow low. Among these problems, children leave their schools early because of being obliged to work to face poverty or having serious diseases that push them to. For example, the rate of attending high school in 2013 is 57.4% for boys and 64.5 for girls. In order to participate in the amelioration of this rate, Alimni, with its three parts, aims to preserve the right to education and the right to play by helping this vulnerable category of sick children so as to be able to reach the maximum possible level of studying.

Target groups and beneficiaries:

Alimni is destined to three categories of children (target group) :
1- 20 Children attending a special education center suffering from several pathologies and social problems.
2- Hospitalized children in about 5 different hospitals with health problems preventing them from attending their own schools.
3- Children in 4 different educational establishments which were sensitized on 5 topics : protection of the environment, dangers of tobacco, what do you know about autism? , the dangers of using screens and a motivation session.

Objectives and indicators of success:

Alimni, with its three parts, aims to :
– Preserve the right to education by giving support classes to two categories of children : children attending a special education center suffering from several pathologies and social problems and to hospitalized children with health problems preventing them from attending their own schools.
– Help children who have to pass final exams in the courses where they have some difficulties by giving fruitful explanations and helpful exercices. Maths, Arabic and French were chosen to be our sessions’ courses.
– Preserve the right to play by make hospitalized children smile by providing them with cultural activities (drawing, manual activities, theater, music) that make them forget, if only for a moment, their suffering.
– Have better future adults by sensitizing them in their schools on different social topics.
– Encourage the contact between healthy people and sick people since they are as human as every single person.
– Ameliorate the rate of attending high school levels.

Methodology:

A) Alimni 1 in the Ali Remli Benaknoun School Adaptation Center :
– Two weeks before the 1st session, a call was made in our committee’s Facebook Group. The OC Team was formed and a meeting was held three days after. I described the workflow, we discussed every point and all the posts were distributed : a responsible for each course, 4 responsibles for the progress of the sessions, a responsible for the internal communication and a responsible for the external communication, a group to develop the supports of the sessions (lessons and exercises) and the tutors.
– The responsible of the internal communication made a database containing all the personal information of the OC Team in order to facilitate their contact later.
– 11 days before the 1st session, the responsible for the external communication went to the Center to obtein the authorization to begin the project. They were very welcoming and they liked the idea and the way we cared about these children. Besides, a teacher was named responsible for contacting us and gave us the children’s educational programms in order to prepare our supports.
– The supports were getting ready in the following two days.
– The 1st session was held on February 1st, 2018. The responsible of the progress of the session held a meeting on hour before the beginning of the session with that day tutors to explain to them the workflow.
– The session was for about 3 hours time.
– The responsible of the external communication take some photos of the event and publishes them, after each session, in our Facebook Page.

B) Alimni 2 and 3 :
– In March Holidays, for about 6 weeks from the start of the event, a call was made in our committee’s Facebook Group. The OC Team was formed and an online meeting was held four days after. I described the workflow and we discussed every point of the project. One day after, and since we were in holidays, a post was published in our Facebook Group asking each on of the OC Team to chose the role that maches him the best : a responsible for the hospitals, a responsible for the educational establishments, a responsible for the cultural activities, a responsbile for the educational activities, a responsible for preparing the sensitization sessions’ supports and the tutors/participants.
– Two days after, I regrouped the roles and made the works’ deadlines.
– We had to wait for two weeks after the holidays until the end of the 2nd and the 3rd year medical students’ exams.
– Two weeks from the event, the responsibles went to every establishment to contact their respective administrations to get the authorizations to hold our project.
– We had problems with the Center Academy responsible for the educational establishments where we wanted to give our sessions. So, we had to switch into private schools and to the West Academy which finally authorized us to hold our project in the establishments under her responsibility.
– After each session, wether in a hospital or in an educational establishment, photos were published in our Facebook Page so as to promote the event.

Plans for evaluation:

– After each session, wether in the Center or in the hospital, I asked the responsible to give me a repport about every single moment, from the beginning till the end. Negative points reported are avoided the next session.
– In the Center, the children are tested about the previous session’s information in order to follow them continuously.
– Asking about feedbacks from the Center’s children and the different teachers after each session in order to ameliorate ourselves for the next one.
– A survey was conducted in the educational establishments so as to know wether our sensitization sessions were benefical for the children or not.
– A genral analysis of each session’s photos is required to read the different feedbacks in the participants’ and the children’s faces.