Albania MOVE games to be incorporated in residential institutions

Project : MOVE 6 Dec 2011 orphanage prevention protection systems psychosocial

2733_dscn1583_smallNovember 18, 2011, Tirana, Albania: A total of 15 directors, caregivers, educators, social workers and psychologists – currently employed in the four Residential Institutions with which Terre des hommes collaborates – , Tirana, Vlora, Durres and Saranda, gathered to participate in psychosocial games, learn new activities to organize with children and share to date experiences of organizing MGS psychosocial games with children living in residential institutions.

A slide show of pictures exhibiting Residential Institutions’ (RI) staff and children engaged in psychosocial games and a promotional video developed by Terre des hommes Albania, Romania and Moldova about the impact of MOVE Project’s Movement Games Sports (MGS) methodology-based psychosocial games started the workshop. Touched by the images Mrs. Elida Vogli, Director of Saranda RI expressed her gratitude for the support provided to her staff by Terre des hommes and especially MOVE project. “Speaking on behalf of the Saranda team I would like to thank you, first for your wonderful project and second for your passionate work with us. MOVE project with its activities, informative materials and trainings has helped my staff become more professionally accomplished. The MGS methodology is also the only tool available to us for meeting Standard Nr.8 of the Set of Standards for Care in Residential Institutions, requiring the institution to ensure that children are engaged in activities which support their psychosocial well-being at all times,” commented Ms. Vogli.

2734_dsc06404_smallWorkshop facilitators, Gaël Rennesson, MOVE Project Coordinator and Miss. Aida Pambuku, Terre des hommes’ Child and Youth Coordinator, by utilizing MOVE’s own psychosocial games, enabled participants to meet their colleagues from other institutions and better get to know them on a professional and personal level, to have fun and cooperate with one-another, to create strong and dynamic bonds and more importantly grasp MOVE project’s key message that psychosocial games provide for children’s individual, social and existential needs and such are vital for their psychosocial well-being. During the workshop, participants were also taught Creative Activities to organize with children. “Creative Activities allow children to freely express their individuality while having fun, exploring their imagination and developing skills such as cooperation, precision and creative thinking. Children can learn to respect themselves and others, and can open-up without fearing judgment, as both negative and positive comments are prohibited,” explained Gael.

2740_dscn2259_smallEngaging in psychosocial games and hearing the positive experiences and successes of implementing MGS Methodology, shared by RI staff made directors understand the great value and benefit of psychosocial games. “I see now, that children do not only enjoy the games, but they also learn a great deal through them. Through psychosocial games, I can encourage children to be proactive and at the same time help develop their psycho-social abilities,” shared the Director of Durres RI. Recognizing MOVE’s MGS Methodology-based psychosocial games as a viable practice for ensuring the psychosocial well-being of children living in residential institutions directors and RI staff of all four RI’s vouched to include MGS psychosocial activities in their future Monthly Work Plans. “This is a wonderful accomplishment, as not only it assures the application of psychosocial games on a weekly basis at the least, but more importantly demonstrates the willingness of RI staff to provide for the overall balanced development of children’s mental, physical and emotional capabilities,” commented Miss. Pambuku.

2735_dsc05441_smallThis workshop had an immediate impact on participants as just a few days later, RIs of Saranda and Tirana decided to celebrate November 20th, the International Day for the Protection of the Rights of the Child with psychosocial games and the newly introduced Creative Activities. Over 40 children, collectively worked together to create collages expressing their wishes and perceptions of the Rights of the Child. [FG]

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