Modern society and the accelerated way of life do not leave enough quality time for parents to raise their children. Grandparents are placed in institutions and there is a growing number of incomplete families. Schools are increasingly focused on education rather than on upbringing and the adoption of basic life values. All this leads to a permissive way of upbringing where family rules, boundaries and values are vague, indefinite and changeable. Technology and consumerism have imposed themselves as prevailing social values. Children are becoming addicted to mobile phones, games, the Internet, and as a result, an increasing share of violent peer behaviour is noticeable.
Without a corresponding solution, direction and appropriate content, children in critical adolescence are potentially subjected to various addictions, resort to violence, lose interest in getting involved in the development of their local community. Recognizing the problem and possible consequences, the association Zdenac has developed the Education in and for Solidarity program through the "Learning to Live" project, which seeks to create a model of working with children that will help them grow up in a healthier environment.
It is important to open the way for children to adopt values, because they learn best by observing, through experience. For a person to be a complete being, besides the social aspect, he/she also need moral education because the physical, mental, and spiritual aspect of the being is integrated with him/her. For each of these aspects to come to life, they need to be developed and nurtured. The main purpose of social, moral, and personal development is to enable a person for sincere and selfless love for God and neighbour. Through the project "Learning to live" children learn and adopt life values, get involved in various social activities, grow into responsible young people - bearers of positive social change.
It is based on experiential learning about yourself, others, and the world through interactive workshops of music, Spanish and drama groups. The program contains the practice of solidarity: visits to the elderly, public performances, field trips that include socializing.
PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT: To promote solidarity and the adoption of life values in children to enable them to manage their lives consciously and responsibly and to strengthen them for orientation and action for the common good. To create children who will be the light of the world and the salt of the earth.
PG1: Lead them to God, teach them to associate with Him. Direct their conscience.
PG 2: Develop children's self-esteem, creativity, openness, responsibility towards themselves and others
PG 3: Strengthen the family and the local community through the practice of intergenerational solidarity
PC 4: Strengthen social capital by promoting and practising solidarity, helping and working for the common good
PC 5: Encourage and develop in children the desire to become small volunteers who grow into big missionaries.
SG 1: Prevention of violence and antisocial behaviour of children and youth
SG 2: Development of social and communication skills in children and youth
SG 3: Promoting tolerance and respect for diversity and broadening horizons through communication with children from different cultural and social backgrounds from other continents
Primary beneficiaries: 200 children in the fourth and fifth grade of primary school from Split and Zagreb. At this age, children are most open to new content, because that is the time of growing up when they build their personality and shape life attitudes. Often their parents do not pay enough attention to them due to work obligations or difficult social situation, so through the media and public space, they face more and more expectations, and too little educational guidance and opportunities to adopt and practice good life habits. Through concrete, interesting activities and projects in the community, they are guided through the experience of helping and learning from the elderly (who are often a substitute for their grandparents). In children, values and a sense of personal importance and responsibility towards oneself, life and others are established.
Secondary beneficiaries: 25 young people (aged 18-29) who through volunteer engagement and work with children acquire new knowledge and skills, determine their values, and get a professional and communication basis for further job applications.
Beneficiaries of this project are also elderly households, especially the socially vulnerable population; people from the margins of society who, through work with children and young people, receive direct social and material support, but also share their experience and help with better upbringing and growth of children.
Recipient: Zdenac, Ivana Gorana Kovačića 39, 10370 Dugo Selo
Call number: 77
SWIFT (for payments from abroad): PBZGHR2X
Payment description: Donation " Learning to Live project"