Student volunteers active in the “PROJECTOR” Program decided to free parents who work at home during the pandemic and at the same time take care of their children from part of their duties. That was the objective of their “Edit Distance Knowledge” campaign.
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The idea was to give children motivation and ideas of how to learn in form of short videos.
“Each of us has various experience and different hobbies. We wanted to share them in those difficult times,” Aleksandra Skorżyńska of the “PROJECTOR – Student Volunteers” Office says.
Students and program alumni have recorded short training videos that encourage children to work on their own or with their siblings. Those interested who had no experience in working in front of camera could consult their problems with Weronika Madejek and Marta Chorna – the campaign initiators.
“In the first stage we had collected the video material and then, having verified it, we published it on montujemywiedze.projektor.org.pl. Next we sent information about the campaign to those interested: children and young people, and also parents and teachers,” Aleksandra Skorżyńska explains.
The results were 28 videos on various subjects. All of them are available on montujemywiedze.projektor.org.pl and on Youtube #MontujemyWiedze, and YouTube Kids.
Edit Distance Knowledge campaign got very popular in social media – only on Facebook it had almost half of a million users.
The partner in the campaign was the Students’ Parliament of the Republic of Poland.
Launched in 2003, the “PROJECTOR – Student Volunteers” Program is an initiative of Polish-American Freedom Foundation managed by Educational Enterprise Foundation. Its objective is creating equal education opportunities for children and young people living in rural areas and small towns. Under the program, groups of 2-3 student volunteers implement projects designed by themselves that develop children’s and young people’s knowledge, skills, and interests. The projects are implemented in students’ free time during the school year and during winter and summer school breaks. They deal with specified field of knowledge, subject or activity, such as arts, sports, IT, theater, languages. Among other things, through promotion of positive personal role models the program encourages schoolers to develop their abilities, and forms the sense of social responsibility and solidarity in students, at the same time allowing them to pursue their passions and interests in attractive form. Since 2003 over 39,000 educational projects in about 2,800 schools all over Poland for ca. 430,000 schoolers have been implemented by 14,500 student volunteers.