My Mind Has Stuck In Games

09/01/2020

The training of trainers set for the "Children's Festival," a social responsibility project implemented by Yunus Emre Institute, has been prepared.

The training set include the books "Aklım Oyunda Kaldı-Eğitim Modülü" (My Mind has Stuck in Games: Training Module) and "Aklım Oyunda Kaldı-Atölyeler" (My Mind has Stuck in Games: Workshops), developed for the trainers who took part in the Children's Festival, organized first in 2019 by Yunus Emre Institute in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Turkey and Ankara University's Children Culture Implementation and Research Center (ÇOKAUM) in various countries.

Written by Prof. Dr. Müge Artar, Prof. Dr. Ayşe Çakır İlhan, Dr. Ceren Karadeniz and Fedile Tice, the training set covers an assortment of topics such as designing activities for kids, communication with children, festival management, artistic workshops and tradition street games. The books are designed to be used in the training of the volunteers and staff members who will take part in the events organized for children and they also discuss various matters regarding the design of events for kids; the books will be used as auxiliary materials in the events designed for children.

The Children's Festival aims to increase the opportunity for children to be in contact with the nature and contribute to their physical and mental development through traditional games and artistic workshops, and also seeks to combat all sorts of addiction, including the emerging issue of technology addiction.

The Children's Festival brought many cultural and universal games including spinning top painting, spoon doll making, linden printing, cubic puzzles featuring animal reliefs from Göbeklitepe, to name a few, to children around the world. The first Children's Festival was held in 2019 and it will continue to be held in many places around the globe in 2020 as well.