Check out the projects of "Bridge It!" participants in 2015!
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The main goal of this project was to attract the attention of children and their parents to the history of the buildings which are not in the city center. From the 19th century Vyborgsky district in St.Petersbrug, which was called "Lesnoy" (Forest), was an area of rest for citizens who were coming there during the summer. The area is also called "Russian Oxford" because of the number of universities located there. Nevertheless when this district became a part of the city, new consrtuction began in 1960s. With this process a lot of buildings from the beggining of the 20 century and earlier were destroyed. With this project the project team wanted to encourage citizens to keep interest in those treasures which are still left. There aren't a lot of them which is why it's important to know their history and prevent their destruction in the future.
4 excursions were organized for children and their parents. The last excursion was completed with a visit to a local art center where they drew imaginary dream houses together. It was published on the Internet page which was created for keeping the documentation of the project, PR and communication with the participants.
Project team: Maria Ivanova (RU)
Green marathon "Eco-challenge" took place for 2 weeks (5-19 October, 2015) in social network vk.com. The aim of the project was to focus people's attention on the interconnection between human health and environmental conditions in the city, country, world and on the rational green consumption in their everyday life. Active participants of the project were more then 50 young people from different cities of Russian Federation. One can find the reports in vk.com with the tag “#экочеленж2015”.
To promote marathon there were 2 meetings held in Saint-Petersburg. On first meeting conducted for students the project team acquainted them with ecological the game "green thinking". On the last kick-off meeting the finalists of eco-challenge were awarded, results of the project to the audience were presented and speekers invited to share their experience (Angelina Davydova, Anna Tyatte, Inga Uzyanbaeva, etc).
For 2 mounth the project team helped everyone of the participants to get eco-habits, connect the people who want to do something for the environment in their city and provide the space for them to share their experience.
If you want to check out the project, follow this link - https://vk.com/eco_challenge
Project team: Barsukova Olga, Golovko Anastasiia, Ushakova Anna, Baidina Karina (RU)
The project "Sweet Days" was organized as 2 cooking work-shops for children from families with lower income. It was implemented with the help of organization "Warm House" in St.Petersburg.
The goal of this project was to provide a good quality leisure time for the whole family together and to learn how to make baking interesting and easy. During these workshops children learned to cook together and as a result there was a big dessert for more than 20 people prepared. They used their imagination in coloring and decorating cookies and learned to sculpt dough. Children showed to their mums that they really can do great things even if they are small.
Project team: Varvara Perevoznik (RU)
This social project was aimed at involvement of young citizens in the 2,5 month of team-work of creating a geocaching guide-book about UNESCO objects in Velikiy Novgorod. (Geocaching is a modern treasure-hunting, with the hepl of GPS coordinates. Find more at Geocaching.com).
The project work allowed students and school pupils to explore interesting places in Velikiy Novgorod (the most ancient city in Russia) by finding and hiding their own geocaches in different parts of the city. It also promoted active leisure and tourism in Novgorod because the guide-book was distributed among hostels and tourists centers of the city.
Making geocaches, the participants also found a lot of interesting facts about the UNESCO objects and took part in 2 ecological meetings, cleaning local beach and ancient city wall.
The project attracted over 70 people: some of them created geocaches, some – just helped to clean the city. More than 350 people joint out VK group (vk.com/novgorod_geocaching) and now follow the geocaching activities in Novgorod.
Project team: Anna Kukushkina (RU)
Today people all over the world have a lot of negative stereotypes about Islam. Often these stereotypes are based on the stories, which people know from media, not on the personal experience.
The same situation we can see in Russian Federation. However, Russia is a polyethnic country, where people of a lot of different nationalities and religions are living. The most part of Russian people are orthodox. Nevertheless, Islam is the second biggest religion. Therefore, the negative stereotypes about Muslims produce very unhealthy social climate.
The main goal of the project TOGETHER was to break down some negative stereotypes about Islam, prejudice in favour of Muslims by organization a creative event in Kaliningrad, Russia where non-Muslim people could learn something about modern Islam and Muslims, as well as Muslim and non-Muslim people could exchange and communicate with each other. The project gives a more complete picture of Muslims.
Team: Alina Karpova (RU)
More than LIKE is an international project for young people in Joensuu (Finland) and Saint Petersburg (Russia) about a use of social networks and pressures that youngsters meet in social media. During the autumn 2015 More than LIKE was organized in these two cities in the form of several seminar and training meetings in Joensuu for 16-19 -year-old participants and in Saint Petersburg for 16-24 -year-old participants. The project idea was made because of increased need to understand social networks and the feedback that young people receive there about themselves. The main idea was to get free from pressures that stranger’s opinions create and find new positive ways to use social networks. More than LIKE gave us a great opportunity to compare different experiences, ideas and results between Finland and Russia.
Project team: Linda Moorrees (FI), Henna Pahkala (FI), Svetlana Egorova (FI)
Nowadays many people use social networks like Facebook, Vkontakte and Instagram a lot. Despite the fact that these networks are created to ease a contact between different people and create a space to freely share their emotions, sometimes there is also a dark side: bullying, ignoring, rude anonimous jokes, seeking for attention and so on.
The main idea of the project "MORE THAN LIKE" wasn't about "delete your account and finally get a normal life". We tryed to remind others that there is a brighter side of social networks, which is really important and pleasant. We also showed that the unfavourable criticism on the Internet shouldn't be taken too seriously.
Our project consisted of several workshops, postcrossing and some open-air activities. Our participants learned how to express their negative emotions in a non-offensive way and how to spend the time on the Internet in a more productive way.
Our participant wrote: "“More than like” was more than just a project (forgive me for this deliberate repetition). It was a young and fun initiative, which included activities such as post-crossing, Skype conferences, trainings and games. The most amazing part of it was how interested in it we, young people, were. People came to trainings and other events with open hearts and open minds, ready to discuss and learn."
Project team: Anastasia Maskaeva (RU), Kirill Shushkov (RU)
Project “Garbage.net” was dedicated to an ecologic issue – urban garbage separation and recycling. The project team wanted to raise awareness and activity on environmental issues in our living cities.
By developing a new educational board game and organizing playing events the team was learning together with its target audience – students and pupils, why it is important to separate garbage and how it could be done.
Game sessions helped to raise awareness about current situation - problems of garbage recycling, advantages and possibilities of garbage separation in the cities Pskov (RU) and Riga (LV). Game rules made it fun to play for everyone.
After receiving many positive feedbacks the team plans to work on game rules further and distribute it for wider audience. The team suggests that involving more people in project would be an impulse towards an improvement of the infrastructure in our regions.
Project team: Jeļena Kosmaca (LV), Liudmila Costeva (RU), Olga Kapustina (RU), L.Yasulaneta (LV).
The idea of the project arose from the awareness of a problem that exists in Russian schools; students are initiative and talented, but they are never taught about how they can apply their skills to change something in their society or surroudings to the better.
The students are also quite often ambitions and full of new ideas, whereas at this age (8th grade) they waste their time, they are separated by their interests, afraid of being initiative, do not have support from their friends, teachers, have no organizational skills, they don't know how to find the resources for the idea.
Since the project team had some experience with projects, they decided to show students what could be done easily with just a use of their own motivation. Team was present as they talked and discussed their own small projects as well as supervised them. All of the 4 discussed projects were connected to their school life, which only proves that there are many things that should be improved there.
During their work on preparing of the project the students had to listen to each other and decide for a better suggestion, shared their experience. For a while they had a chance to be “in charge” of school administration - be the person that decides about the reconstruction and plans school development. Participants spent time in a fun way but at the same time thinking critically and taking things seriously.
Project team: Chikulaeva Elena, Kurdiukov Sergei, Pimenova Ilova, Anikiev Konstantin (RU)