From zero to hero...the workshops for students in Taluwa
Working as a volunteer involves some meetings with a local community, families, teachers and, most of all, students in schools. At the beginning of May I organized workshops for children in Janchetan Secondary School in Taluwa. My main aim was to make students be able to set their life goals, make them feel more confident in their environments and aware of their rights and responsibilities. The activities focused on how to prepare and develop a plan with a series of action steps and a timetable for the completion of own objectives. The pupils were pleased with the fact they could set priorities, define their path to the future success and stay motivated indeed. What is more, young people aged 12-15 found out about the necessary qualifications for some occupations such as: a doctor, a nurse, a teacher, an engineer etc.; explored what sort of work they would like to do when they grow up. For a one week I was doing lectures about building self-confidence, developing personal and social skills, identifying the strengths, team building. All of students seemed to be very interested in those topics, they also realized that they should start appreciating own uniqueness in the world. Moreover, the trainings helped them to understand they are able to gain success through dozens of activities: helping others, doing well in a subject at school, making or building something, teaching someone a new skill, winning a contest or receiving an award. In my mind, the knowledge they achieved makes them feel more comfortable with themselves and others now. Definitely, the workshops allowed me to get to know children's talents as well. I had spotted they started maintaining a positive attitude, treating people with respect and were willing to try new things. They just learned to value themselves! This is by far one of the biggest success in a small Nepali village!
During my stay in Okhaldhunga region, I also had an occasion to conduct some workshops about Public Speaking in Tinpiple Basic School in Taluwa. The activities involved a group of children aged 9-11 and the mission was to explain what Public Speaking actually is and why it's important to be good at it. The pupils were taught about personal skills and the structure of Public Speaking. They got to know different activities that build confidence and improve talking in front of a group: the body language (a proper posture, gestures, eye contact, facial expressions) and the fluency of speech (good pace, variety in tone, projection, pronunciation of words, appropriate pauses and stress). Firstly, each member of the class had to write a short introduction of himself including: the beginning (some personal information: name, age, school), the middle (hobbies, favorite food, interests, family) and the end ("I look forward to getting to know you"). The highlight of the workshops was when they had to speak it to their classmates. The pupils could use in the own presentation the guidelines given earlier by me and they took advantage of that information. I must admit, at the beginning they felt ashamed and were afraid of a stressful situation. Finally, each of them broke the ice and spoke to a live audience. It soon became clear that they get on with their work. Definitely, it was challenging for them and they did it excellently! Their speeches turned out to be an amazing opportunity to learn students' talents, the cleverness and creativity, plenty of interesting stories from daily lives. I had noticed their own huge potential and now I'm sure children in Taluwa are gifted public speakers! Most importantly, they started being aware of the fact that they have to look at themselves in the mirror - good practice makes perfect! On the other hand, they are eager to pass that knowledge along to the others: their friends, siblings, parents, neighbors...Just sharing is caring!