From April 3-5, the I.T.OUCH team in Brussels has organized a' holiday event' for children and young people aged 8 to 13: "Learning by playing". A team of 7 young facilitators between 15 and 21 years old, accompanied by those responsible for I.T.OUCH, managed to make possible an unforgettable experience for the participants.
The objective of "Learning by playing" is to put into practice the socio-educational dimension of the work carried out by I.T.OUCH for the dialogue of cultures, and to reinforce their insertion in the neighborhood.
The initiative also aimed to promote the coming together of young people from different regions of Belgium and share values; people from Brussels and Flemish, since the facilitators came from these regions of Belgium. Together they dreamed, created, and accompanied three days of learning French, Dutch and mathematics through play.
The activities took place at Alameda Center, on Boulevard Lambermont 286, and at Josaphat Park. Twenty-three children participated in the event, a nice mix of boys and girls, of very different colors. The experience was made possible because some mothers, several neighborhood schools, libraries, and parishes in Kerkebeek publicized this event.
Everyone involved appreciated the three days very positively. Several people asked why the experience did not last 5 days. In their evaluation, the children expressed what they learned and appreciated. In addition to the bread (given to us by a mother who works in a soup kitchen), they said that they got a better understanding of languages and mathematics, and especially friendship, joy, and forgiveness. One of them put it this way: "I have learned peace."
The I.TOUCH team is particularly grateful to the following children and young people: Alexandra, Asmae, Cecilia, Daou, Enes, Evan, Ilias, Imad, Imran, Maryssia, Médéric, Meilvyn, Mélania, Melike, Mohamed, Nicolas, Nour, Roman , Sandra, Sajid, Teila, Vitoria, and Yassin for their participation, and to their families for their support and trust.
We would also like to express our special gratitude to the following facilitators: Annelinde, Benjamin, Jakoba, Lenka, Kwinten, Monica, and Suzanne for their commitment and good work.
Happy and convinced, more than ever, of the need to form leaders for the plural societies in which we live, we wish you a happy Holy Week and a very joyful celebration of Easter.
Rozemarijn, Christiane, Juani
Boulevard Lambermont 262