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MOVE-ing on to a new territory, part II – Gagauzia


March 9th, 2012, Ceadir-Lunga, Moldova: Gagauzia, or Gagauz-Yeri, is a autonomous territorial unit in the south of the Republic of Moldova, which is mostly inhabited by Gagauz people, descendants of a Turkish tribe. Now, the Gagauz people are also included in the MOVE project, which aims to develop the social skills of the children by improving the quality of the interactions among peers and with their parents through psychosocial activities.
Five days of learning about each other, about their inner self, increasing their self esteem and their psychosocial and physical skills – all this by interacting in the new games provided by the MOVE project and methodology. Teachers from three regions of Gagauzia had the opportunity to get familiar with the psychosocial activities concept which aims the inclusion of every child.
“The training is very contemporary and useful for these times.” says Olga Guboglo, a teacher present at the training. “A lot of children need these kinds of games and everyone has something to win by playing them.” The general view of this training was about the good mood, the good and friendly trainers who explained the games that are played in a non-competitive way and in a friendly environment. “I don’t think there will be any difficulties in playing these games with the children. The only problem that may occur is the lack of tools in some schools.” the teacher further declares.
In Gagauz communities, as in other regions of Moldova, there are also secluded children from vulnerable families. They often stay apart from the rest of the groups. Mrs. Guboglo thinks that the games she learned at the MOVE training are designed to include these children, to make them feel equal among their peers and comfortable in the environment they live in.
The new recruits formed a friendly, enthusiastic and very active group. One thing they all appreciated in particular was the feedback strategy, which allows children to suggest whatever changes they would like to bring to the games they play.
The teachers, as well as the trainers, had also much to learn from each other, as each of them has extensive and comprehensive experience with children.
The training has reached its objectives. The animators had a chance to prepare and run a psychosocial activity and benefited from feedback from the entire group. The Department of Education of Gagauzia had already received positive feedback from the animators and is interested to continue the cooperation with MOVE and Terre des hommes.
This training in Gagauzia was conducted in the framework of the new phase of the MOVE project, which now aims to extend its’ activity in three more regions of Moldova. (MS)