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Author of the idea, Teodor S. Konjević ( 1997.) Heald from 2008.g. to 2011.g. 1
NGO Computer Camp for children Novi Sad Serbia
KompKamp is a benefit and a support to IT advancement, education and culture with children ages from 8 to 15, a benefit to UNICEF’s program School Without Violence and tolerance with kids in the primary school age, development and advancement of the rural environment, engaging youth in camp work. In accordance with the National Plan of Action for kids (NPA), in accordance with the Action plan of politics for youth in Vojvodina and in accordance with the National strategy for prevention and protection of kids from violence, this project is a continuation of successfully held activities, during 2008. 2009 and 2010. By the NGO Computer Camp for kids aged from 8 to 15 in Serbia (In continuing text: KompKamp) Believing that it is possible to make a world in which children won’t feel poverty, violence, abuse and discrimination over the internet, KompKamp mobilizes citizen will, financial means and individuals to help make education of children a top priority in the conditions the country is in during the transition process, along with big problems. Problems of the position of children and youth in our country are great and have grown especially in time of the economic crisis and transition, they are linked to poverty and are of a national character. Out of those problems some stand out, which should have a status of a national problem priority: A significant part of the population, and therefore children, are living in poverty; low availability, quality and efficiency of public services for children in the field of kids health, education, children culture, increase of anomalies with kids – juvenile violations, drug addiction and alcoholism, various forms of violence etc. Education is one of the most basic and strongest leverages for social integration of youth and for breaking the chain of poverty trough several generations. The goals and actions of KompKamp are directed towards: Establishing a system of prevention and protection children of every form of peer and online violence, social neglect and every shape of spending time on the street; we form an attitude of unacceptability for violence, developing tolerance by understanding and accepting difference and nurturing non-‐violent forms of communication, raising the level of knowledge of a safe way to approach modern technologies, strengthening and supporting kids and families, acquiring new knowledge and skills useful in working with children on computers using the latest applications for computers and mobile phones. Children are educated and gradually become independent in using modern IT tech, satisfying specific needs of interest of the children’s age. The themes the children go over on computers are: Modeling and programming of games, instead of just playing them (In camp, playing games which were made by the children themselves, or in a team, are allowed), in creative workshops children go over themes like addiction sickness, violence, hygiene, relations between genders, kid’s rights, how do kids live in other countries, future professional orientations, etc. The other, but not less important part of KompKamp is the sport activity of kids and various forms of competitions, thus building self-‐confidence in the children. KompKamp’s contribution to education is reflected in the quality approach to IT, methods of non-‐ formal education along with fun and games, so our kids can one day become equal citizens of the world. The future of every community is greatly influenced by the way of how learning conditions are provided to children. Child neglect, and ignorance of their needs leads to a society of traumatized adults. This fact is often forgotten, and kids are a very important part of the earth’s future population. Organizing and realizing educative and psychosocial programs for kids, we give a great contribution towards building a modern and healthy society, thus raising the countries capacity for solving child-‐related problems. Special goals: developing modern knowledge and experience in the field of computer science, education of good uses for computers, support and increasing the level of knowledge about online violence, education about protection and safety while using electronic machines, creative approach to working on computers – programming games instead of playing them – developing positive shapes of communication between kids and getting acquainted with skills for stopping conflict between youth, education about multiculturalism, direction towards socially threatened groups and development of rural environments by strengthening capacity trough educative and advancement programs in all segments of rural environment
Users included in the project, their number and structure: Users are children aged from 8 to 15, male and female gender, around 300 Children from regular families who want additional education in the IT field Children from single parents 1. Children from families who receive child allowance 2. Children from families who receive social support 3. Children from families with three or more children 4. Children from a rural environment 5. SOS Children’s Villages in Kraljevo and Novi Sad 6. Provincial Red Cross (Red Cross Sid) 7. Other users: Youth/Student graduates of a fitting profile Models and ways of accomplishing goals New, alternative approaches, trough games in work, are practiced, as well as creative solutions on the computer, which have a long-‐term effect and sustainability even after the end of their education in camp by the following program. In the analysis of individual games, students have to recognize their function in child development – knowledge, education, expressional. Kid’s Summer Computer Camp is a program targeted towards primary school ages with the goal of organized, educative use of children’s free time during the summer vacation. The primary goal of the computer education is developing interest in children towards useful and smart uses for a computer, and getting to know computer technologies. Tasks of non-‐formal teaching: training for and understanding the capabilities of computer technology, developing consciousness of smart uses for a computer, nurturing capabilities of basic operations on the computer and chosen software, getting a habit of time-‐limits on the computer, supporting a creative commitment in computer programs (use, study, research, creation), developing a critical thinking mind, getting to know basics of computer literacy and research using software, meeting IT professions. Detail work program of the camp: Key programs of work in KompKamp are IT and sport, the other part of the program is of a choosable character: good behavior workshops, ecological, film, art and music workshops along with many field trips. The total number of children in every work group is from 5 to 8, to achieve an optimal effect in working with each other. Programming is a key program for kids. Our work motto is: Kids, don’t just play games, learn to make them! Possibilities of program choice -‐ Multimedia Fusion Developer -‐ Blender – 3D -‐ Unity 3D -‐ Windows movie maker -‐ Google SketchUp -‐ Adobe Master collection: Flash, -‐ Game maker – Click Team Co. Dreamweaver, Photoshop -‐ 3D Game Creators – for the youngest -‐ CSS -‐ Robotics – Parallax -‐ Comic Book Creator -‐ Internet safety, social networks, -‐ Gimp blogging -‐ Inkscape -‐ Guides on searching the web, educative -‐ KompoZer sites, forums and blogs -‐ RealDRAW, Pivot, Sweethome 3D -‐ Programs for beginners -‐ basic -‐ Xara 3D -‐ Operative systems Windows, Linux, Macintosh -‐ Hardware SPORTS WORKSHOPS -‐ Non-‐swimmer training, swimming, Games Without Limits in water -‐ Basketball, Handball, Volleyball, Table tennis: Technique training, Methodic, Rules -‐ Exercises using machines and on ground: Technique training, Methodic, basic elements from school gymnastic programs
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Rhythmic Gym – Basic elements of training with tools (Cone, Track, Hoop...) Dances, social (Tango, Latino, Walcer) and folk dance Competitions: Obstacle course
CREATIVE WORKSHOPS Film: Recording and realizing a movie, from idea, scenario, to production and postproduction in Windows Movie Maker. Who knows, knows: Quiz in school-‐class related knowledge Art: Realizing programs of painting, modeling, drawing and other techniques which are used to add to the kid’s knowledge and skills of art. Music: General musical knowledge and education, getting to know different genres, practicing composing trough software, contests, guitar lessons, forming a choirs of KompKamp members, „Eurosong“ type contest named „Kampovision“ and handing out prizes. Drama and recital section: In cooperation with the City Library of Novi Sad – going trough literature works on the computer and making a personal web page or blog. Ecological workshop: In cooperation with the NGO „Engineers of nature protection“, Novi Sad – working with children in a special program with the goal of getting to know ways to preserve our environment. Trough these activities we do everything we can to make our environment clean, with out work actions, we plant a tree in the parks every shift. Good behavior workshop: Bonton. In cooperation with the school „Bonton for young ladies and gentlemen“ from Belgrade. General culture, development of thinking, movement and basics of personality, humbleness, attitudes, prejudice, ways of tolerant interaction, respect, dress code and education are elements which are thought to kids trough fun and games, in the goal of easy acceptance of appropriate manners. Meeting with the project School Without Violence, realized by UNICEF, a way of forming peer teams. Health Club: Education of the youth in maintaining hygiene and body health, spiritual and physical, the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Ethno Workshop: Program of acquainting kids with folk traditions and culture of national structures (Slovaks, Hungarians, Serbs). Fun: Art competitions, masquerade party, Disco Night Field trips: Visit to the stables and horse-‐riding; Visiting museums and cultural-‐historic monuments in the surrounding areas PROGRAM EFFECTS: • Increasing knowledge in the IT field and creative capabilities • Increasing physical health in kids • Following talented children in the field of programming and IT technology and orientation • Preventing non-‐active time spending on the computer during the summer vacation • Socializing kids who lean towards individual IT work – Team work • Conscience and tolerance of different nations, faiths and wealth • Committing youth – students of IT, Pedagogy, PE, music, film and art culture PLACE AND TIME OF THE CAMP: The camp is located in a rural area of Vojvodina, in a safe, careless and tamed environment, where kids spending time among nature go trough everyday education, sport, artistic-‐cultural and creative programs, exerting their individual capabilities, gaining new knowledge, skills and self-‐confidence. During the hot summer days, in a situation where many Serbian children don’t have the option to go to sea, a mountain or any other place for rest and relaxation, Computer Camp for Kids presents an oasis of kid’s joy and pleasure. Repeated returns to camp, up to 4 times from some kids, is just another sign at the successfulness of our program and the satisfaction of educative camp-‐goers. The camp is an organized 12-‐day stay for children aged from 8 to 15, in a safe environment, adequate food, quality program content and complete care and supervision from expert staff, 24 hours a day. Staff in camp includes doctors, teachers, youth-‐graduates of IT, pedagogy, PE, music, film and art culture, cooks, cleaners, technical staff, night guard. Date of camp:
From July 1st to 25th of August. Preparations for camp last all year long Total number of participants for summers of 2008, 2009 and 2010 was over 300 kids There are 5 shifts which last 12 days each. Every shift has around 25-‐30 kids. The number of assistants/teachers/hosts/experts working with kids is 17 in every shift Written support and donations in the form of products in our three-‐year long work were received from: 1. Provincial secretariat for education and 15. Agroziv Zitiste culture 2008 16. Swisslion Takovo Gornji Milanovac 2. Provincial secretariat for social politics 17. Mlekara Subotica and demography 2008 18. Carnex Vrbas 3. Ministry of education 19. Beohemija Belgrade 4. Ministry of Telecommunications and IT 20. Polimark Belgrade community 21. Univerzal Novi Sad 5. ClickTeam company 22. Nestle Belgrade 6. Google Company 23. Div Papir Novi Sad 7. USA Parallax company 24. Repro Trade Novi Sad 8. Serbian Business System Belgrade – IBM 25. Enia Sintelon Backa Palanka 9. Microsoft Serbia 26. RTV Novi Sad 10. ComTrage Group CT Computers 27. Radio 202 Belgrade 11. Sinalco Belgrade 28. B92 Belgrade 12. CocaCola Belgrade 29. Radio Sajam Novi Sad 13. Invej Belgrade 30. Politikin Zabavnik 14. Frikom 31. Svet Kompjutera Professional software and hardware support for camp was given by – Google Company, Parallax, Click Team, Unity 3D, ComTrade and many more COOPERATION WITH UNIVERSITY OF NOVI SAD In the year 2010. Cooperation was established with the Novi Sad University – Faculty of technical sciences (Prof Dr Branislav Borovac) and the Natural Mathematics Faculty – Department of Physics (Dr Tijana Prodanovic, docent), and cooperation is in continuation During the work in camp 2011. A plan was created for working with kids by the Rules of the competition on Researchers Night 2011 (Noc Istrazivaca 2011), and to make video games, based on themes. • Science against the boogeyman (The goal is to, trough the game, learn how science helps us every day in battle against dangerous things, like disease, and helps us learn how to live better and accomplish more); • Interesting geography – World without limits (The goal of this game is to help us learn about the countries of the world trough games) • Mr. Maths (The goal of this game is to help us learn and practice mathematics trough games) Teachers, Proffesors and Students were invited to be included in the realization of the competition and encourage their pupils to creativity and participation Cooperation was also established with the following institutions: • SOS Children’s Village Sremska Kamenica • SOS Children’s Village Kraljevo • Association for school sport and olympian education Novi Sad • NGO „Engineers of nature protection“ Novi Sad • City Library of Novi Sad • School „Etique for young ladies and gentlemen“ in Belgrade
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Color Press Group, editorial staff of Screen Fun Editorial staff of Politikin Zabavnik and Svet Kompjutera Surrounding primary schools Dialectological counseling group ENTERA from (http://www.entera.co.rs)
The nomination recieved from the Informatical Association of Serbia (JISA) for the Discobolos 2009, which is another proof of the successfulness of work of KompKamp. GOALS WHICH ARE ACHIEVED BY REALIZING THIS PROJECT • Organized educative work with kids in the form of non-‐formal education during the summer vacation • Prevention of passive and non-‐active use of computers during free time on summer vacation • Increasing the level of knowledge in the field of IT • Supporting intercultural and correct communication in children – Tolerance and non-‐violence • Bettering physical activity in kids aged from 8 to 15 • Active vacation and care for children from socially endangered families and environments and institutions for child care (SOS Children’s villages, Red Cross) • Contribution to development and strengthening capacity of rural environments • Support to parents of IT talented children • Encouraging youth, graduates of pedagogy, IT, PE, Music and film culture to active participation in work with kids as sort of passing on knowledge, skill and practice for future professions Daily schedule in camp: 7:30 -‐ 8:00h Waking up 8:00 -‐ 8:20h Gymnastics 8:30 -‐ 9:00h Breakfast 9:00 -‐13:00h Education, Workshops, Sport, Pool 13:00 -‐13:30h Lunch 13:30 -‐14:30h Rest 14:30 -‐17:00h Sport activities, pool 17:00 -‐17:30h Snack break 17:30-‐19:00h Education, Workshops, Sport 19:00-‐19:30h Dinner 20:00h-‐22:30h Party 22:30 – 23:00h Showers, sleep Evaluation: It is done in the period from September 2010 to February 2011. The evaluation will be done with focus on the processes that secured quality on one side, and the method on which the degree of quality is confirmed. Evaluation will have the goal to evaluate the quality of non-‐formal education as such, and to evaluate the quality of leadership and organization of this type of work and summer vacation for kids as a new way and quality aspect of non-‐formal education. The goal of the project isn’t just to realized the results, but to make the end users use them as much as possible, in the goal of improving educative – non-‐formal work and the educative process. Smart use of the computer and safe surfing of the web in children is the end goal of our camp education. True results can be seen in the following year. Because of that it is important to conduct active promotion of the results, spread awareness of their existence, motivate users to using, publication informative material, etc. Which is the primary of this project. Parallel to that, result use evaluation will be conducted as well. The goal is to get an indication of success, point out flaws, give guides to further improvement and possibilities of use increase. In this activity, journalists will be contacted if needed, a press release will be given, publicizing short informative leaflets, realizing advert-‐presentation material, etc. Target
groups are: Admission of educative institutions, end users and a wider public. On a national level this project presents a big investment. For it to pay out in the long term, it is needed to use the existing capacities in the most purposeful way. Therefore it is vital to give help so users in all fields can experience KompKamp in the right way, and use the gained skills. The project in this part can’t solve all the problems, but can identify them, point to the ways of solution and support their realization. Author and organizer is Radoslava Konjevic Biography: Born in Erdevik, 6th of October, 1954. Graduated web design at the IT academy and tourism in the University of Novi Sad. Working on computers since 1992. She Is the founder of NGO Computer Camp for Kids aged from 8 to 15 in Serbia Formed the project for KompKamp in 2007, which is supported by • Provincial secretariat for education and culture • Ministry of telecommunications and IT society of Serbia • Digital agenda • Ministry of education • Provincial secretariat for demography, family and social care for children, And many more institutions and individuals Works with cooperatives with kids during the summer vacation, and works in a private computer school during the year. Teaches programs on the PC and Macintosh operating systems (23 programs) and publishes manuals and scripts for internet programs. Works with web design and her passion is learning and advancing. Specially works with web analytics and user interface most of her time is spent learning about different programs, concepts and understanding what is in the IT trend. She successfully passes on her 17-‐year old knowledge to others, and especially kids, in search for answers in the IT field. Lived in the USA and Izrael, and from 2001 lives and works in Novi Sad, with her son Theodore, who is born in 1997. Portfolio:www.kompkamp.org Team members for the realization of the project: 15-‐17 cooperatives from the Nis Volunteer center Supervision in camp is strictly done by expert staff 24/7: there are teachers, doctors, youth-‐graduates of IT, pedagogy, PE, music, film and art culture, cooks, cleaners, technical staff, night guard. Way of realizing the project: independantly, monthly fee and sponsors in products (Never money) Characteristics: Responsibility, enterprise, ability to organize and conduct the project. Successfully held camps in 2008 and 2009 with a total of approximately 400 children Web sites of our camp: Kompkamp 2008 www.kompkamp.net/index2.html; Kompkamp 2009/2010/2011/2012: www.compcamp.net
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