The project is an after-school Neohumanistic Education programme for children and adolescents of Cottonera Inaugurated in 2006, it presently comprises classes in yoga, creativity, athletics, computer and English. Yoga Shoots, a programme for primary and secondary schools in Malta offering yoga for kids, intercultural awareness and creativity was introduced recently. (see annex Doc A)The methodology focuses on allowing the participants to enjoy themselves while learning, and helping them discover their true potential, thereby increasing their motivation and self-esteem. All classes are free of charge to benefit social cases Individual classes for children with special learning needs are also held, as well as yoga, health and stress management courses for mothers and volunteers.A morning summer club for the same children is held during July and August.Classes are held in Centru Tbexbix, which is a converted 17th century house in a pedestrian area in the old part of Bormla as well as other appropriate venues shared with other projects and schools in the area.Athletics classes are held at the Marsa Sports Complex and St Margaret College, the first venue by courtesy and sponsored by the Mellieha Athletics Association and the second by courtesy of the principal of St Margaret College.The number of volunteers varies according to the number of children at any one time. 60 children and adolescents are enrolled at present, and all of them get individual attention. In a recently introduced “mentoring scheme” each child is assigned to a “mentor” who takes care to see to the child´s individual educational and social needs. Working at Centru Tbexbix are a number of professionals including a full-time warranted teacher, a psychologist, a yoga teacher, IT technician, administrative / financial secretary, maintenance person. Several other professionals in the field of education (Art, Music, Drama, Sports, Languages) participate in the project on a part-time volunteer basis. Regular enrolment of overseas volunteers enhances the English component and intercultural dimension of the project. 7 volunteers respectively from Sweden, Italy, Germany, Jordan, Spain, Russia and Azores (Portugal) will participate for 12 months, their activities starting at different date.
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