volunteer from Texas
Georgia | Let Girls Learn | Sewing Club "Happy Hands"
volunteer from Texas
My site is a small village in Samegrelo region, Republic of Georgia. The population of the village is 500 people. Local children attend local public school that provide an opportunity for education. But other than that the children don't have any clubs that provide space for crafting. Teaching creativity is very important for young girls and boys. Giving kids the time and space to be creative means we are giving them the tools they'll need to tackle any problems that may come their way, in their own personal lives, in the community they live in, and in the world that they are a part of. The process of sewing an art product can be of great interest to young girls and boys. When young girls and boys are encourage to work with art materials, they are developing: creativity, originality, planning, cognitive skills, knowledge, language ( all instructions are given in English), math, self-esteem, fine motor skills.
Having a sewing club would give the local youth (both girls and boys) a chance to learn new skills for life. Having boys in the club would brake gender stereotypes that sewing is only for girls. The boys feel more capable and confident. As part of the club young girls and boys would learn how to search for ideas using a computer and Internet, create a pattern for the project, prepare the materials, learn how to work with a sewing machine. We also plan to learn how to make new clothing using old/small/unneeded clothes.
Another idea for this club is making stuffed animals and deliver them to the local preschools, hospitals, for those in need. The students will learn from first hand that giving is very rewarding. They will become volunteers in their community.
While learning how to work with fabric, crafting tools and sewing machine, students will become mentors for the new girls and boys who join the Club later on. It is a shift away from the current teacher centered, lectured oriented method towards a learner centered, interactive and performance based learning environment From being students they will turn into the teachers transferring their gained knowledge to others.
This project has been designed to expand access to education for girls in Georgia as part of the Let Girls Learn Program. Learn more at letgirlslearn.peacecorps.gov.
Your contribution increases the impact of Ms. Bartkiv, her fellow Peace Corps Volunteers, and their communities; and makes a brighter future possible for young women in Georgia.