The Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation/Bien de Mujer has joined forces with the Scouts of Costa Rica to produce a series of children’s character-building workshops as part of this year’s Ilori Education Program. This past Saturday, February 12th, 136 kids and 38 mothers were bused (the buses, by the way, were a generous donation from Mr. Alvaro—Gracias!) from the neighborhoods of La Carpio and San Juan de Dios, all the way to Parque de la Paz.
The theme of this collaborative workshop was “Group Indentity”: “We are different. We are special. We are part of a group.” Psychological studies report that group identity, one’s ability to identify with a group of people, is critical to one’s self-image, self-esteem and individuality, and later, leads to more self-awareness, cooperation and compassion for others. Therefore, the Scouts and WWDF/Bien de Mujer designed a day long workshop, outside in the park, on introducing and experiencing the value of group identity and cooperation.
Starting off with healthy snacks, songs and a story for everyone, the children were divided into groups, based on age, for a series of group activities, games, and exercises all in the context of the value of cooperation and working together in a group, as well as appreciating differences and celebrating similarities. We will let the photos show you how much the children enjoyed these activities:
These activities lasted well past lunchtime, and then after lunch, the children spent the rest of the afternoon flying kites! This is just one of the 6 planned joint workshops by WWDF/Bien de Mujer and the Scouts. In July, all of the children in the Ilori Education program will be visiting the Scouts Base-Camp for a weekend of events and activities.