Saturday, July 31, 2021

Games without language frontiers

How to play a game in which we need to communicate without looking at each other and all of us speak a different language? The answer to this question can be revealed to us by the students of PS “Petar Zdravkovski Penko” who participated on the “Games without Frontiers” event, organized by the USAID Interethnic Integration in Educatio Project.

In the popular game “Watermill”, in which students handed each other glasses of water without looking at each other, they helped their peers who did not understand the language of the other students.

“What did he say? What did he say?” asked one group of students. “He is telling you to hand the glass more forward”, they were assisted by their peers who spoke the other language too.

Regardless whether it is Bosnian, Albanian, Macedonian or Turkish, it was obvious that language presented no obstacle to these children.  Soaking wet from the water and happy from the fun day filled with games, they asked their teachers when will they have such an activity again.  As they said it themselves, it does not matter who won, what matters is that they all spent time together and had fun:

At the end of the day, we joined the group of teachers who organized the event. We found them sitting in the school cafeteria where they jointly celebrated their success. They told us about the preparations and praised the students who were very active in the implementation of the event, suggesting games and cooperating intensively with their mentors in the planning of the activity. The teachers shared with us their experience from the implementation of the activities for interethnic integration: