This project is funded through the Voluntary Organisations Project Scheme managed by the Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties
It-Tokk is a project carried out weekly with children aged between 5 and 10 years of age. The activities are held every Monday between 5:30pm and 7:30pm. The aim of this project is to teach the children new skills related to everyday and social skills they will be using later on in life. The sessions are planned as informally as possible and skills are taught in a fun and safe environment.
It Tokk focuses mainly in passing values on:-
We believe that growth always starts from love. First of all, we teach the children to love and appreciate themselves, then move on to loving and caring for those around them. This is primarily done through example, dedication and friendship between the volunteers themselves. We feel that this positive energy is felt by the children and ideally make them practice it later on in their life. It is also done and shown to the children through our commitment every week.
Caring for their surroundings and where they live, shows a great deal of respect towards nature and towards the other people living with you. This is a value we try to pass on to the youngsters through our weekly lessons.
Love and respect are two things which go hand in hand. During the activities, the children are encouraged to be respectful towards each other and towards the volunteers. Showing respect is vital during the lessons and we make sure to praise the children whenever even the smallest act of respect is shown.
Communication with the children is taught informally by taking interest in their daily lives and what they have to say. During activities, all children are encouraged to be active and talk to each other, without excluding anyone. This is also shown by volunteers showing them that they are always there to listen to anything they might wish to talk about.
- TEAM BUILDING
Team building games are carried out during every session, usually as an ice-breaker or as a start to the session. Through team-building activities, the children learn important values such as respect and communication.
More often than not, the activities will consist of some type of crafts so as to nurture their creative spirit and allow them to express themselves in a fun way. The projects are usually quite easy to do so as not to discourage anyone. The crafts are then displayed on the walls to give the children a sense of accomplishment and pride in their work.
- SELF ESTEEM
Although not always the case, the children tend to come from backgrounds where they're constantly being criticised for anything they do. Fighting this behaviour to create a sense of worth in the children is a very hard battle we are usually faced with. Through the activities we do, we always focus on making the children feel worthy of themselves so as to hopefully have a better quality life in the future.