Between 3 and 5 May 2018, the Bread Houses Network was presented at the 27-th edition of the International Educational Forum and Game Market in Potsdam – an important and popular event on games as tools for education and children and adults development. The Market is being organized by the Youth Organization of the German Protestant Church and includes workshops, seminars, lectures, but also a big and rich exhibition of various educational games.
The motto of Spielmarkt 2018 was “Less plays more” – a message that the task of pedagogy of play is to re-establish the natural ability of playing. The event attracted more than 4 000 visitors among which pedagogues, educators, animators, children and parents, but also people with special needs.
As a new exhibitor at the Market, the Bread Houses Network had its stall where Zdrava and Sandra from the Sofia Bread Houses presented the mission and the projects of the organization, but also its social entrepreneurship model. The visitors had the chance to participate in two bread making workshops, at which they shared stories and memories about their favorite games. The Bread Houses Team organized also two workshops devoted to the development of social enterprises which were based on the Build a Bread House game, part of the Bakers without Borders educational tool.
Moreover, Zdrava and Sandra had the chance took part in an International Expert Forum with “Play meets Pedagogy” aiming at exchanging ideas and improving the understanding of the different approaches, experiences and interpretations of the term Pedagogy of Play, across national and institutional borders.
On 12th April the project Baking Bread for Health and Social Developmentwill be launched. The Bread Houses Network is implementing it in partnership with the Health and Social Development Foundation (HESED). Thanks to the financial support of the charity fund of the International Women’s Club in Sofia between April and December 2018 we’ll organize 10 educational bread makings with children between 4 and 8 years old living in the Sofia district “Fakulteta”.
The events will be held at the HESED’s Health and Social Center for Development of the Roma Community located in the “Fakulteta” neighborhood in Sofia, as well as in the Sofia Bread House. The meetings will be based on the innovative methods developed by the Bread Houses Network: “Theater of Crumbs”, “Kitchen Music” and “Fun Culinary” and will include creative and culinary activities. The children will not only learn how to make bread and other pastry products, but they will also get to know better the world that surrounds them and will improve their communication skills. Every event will be devoted to a different important topic – family, friendship, school, seasons, the future profession, and many others.
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With the beginning of the spring, in the Sofia Bread Houses started a series of meetings „Like at home – we make bread, we share, we play”. They are part of the Council of Refugee Women in Bulgaria’s project „Psychosocial activities with women and children, refugees and asylum-seekers, housed in the regional reception centers of the State Agency for Refugees in Sofia”. The project is funded by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Fund for Asylum, Migration and Integration of the European Commission.
From March to July this year, the Bread House in Sofia will host children from families seeking protection and women seeking protection from Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan. In a cozy and welcoming space they will prepare bread and other pastry products and will have the chance to interact, share stories and of course to have fun.
The first meeting in the frame of the project was on 7th March and gathered 11 women from Afghanistan and Iran living in one of the reception centers in Sofia. The topic of the meeting was “Who am I and why am I here?” While the women were painting in flour and sharing stories, in the next room their children had creative activities with an animator. The project continued on 13th March with bread making for children dedicated to spring, involving 10 children aged 3 to 16, from Afghanistan and Iran together with their mothers. The children prepared dough, from which they formed shapes and sculptures. Their mothers were helping them while using the time to discuss and share their experiences.
Take part in Bread connects Europe – Create & bake “your” Europe! Baking Competition until April 15. This competition is part the Tastes of Danube – Bread Connects initiative. Show your baked idea of Europe. Your baked goods can be sweet or savoury; they can be colourful or decorated with seeds or special item. Whether you work alone or in a group – everything is possible. Just use some sort of simple dough, be creative and realize “your” Europe as a shaped bread.
Please send a photo of your creation on your baking tray, name it, and describe your idea (max. 200 words), and send it to: email@example.com.
The main prize will be a trip for one or two people to the international meeting of the Danube-Networkers in Ulm from July 12th-15th 2018. The meeting is part of the 11th International Danube Festival Ulm/Neu-Ulm.
The Institute for virtual and face-to-face learning in adult education at Ulm University (ILEU e.V.) is the organizer of this competition.
By participating the competitors transfer ILEU e. V. the right to show their pictures online. For more information http://bread-connects.tastes-of-danube.eu/create-and-bake-…/
Breezy Willow from Ireland, a friend of ours and creator of the Bake Bread for Peace initiative recently visited St. Vincents all boys school in the Glasnevin Neighborhood, Dublin. During her two-day stay at the school, Breezy played the “Bakers Without Borders” game and used the Theater of Crumbs method to work with five groups of boys between the ages of 13-17. The focus of the bread-making activities was resolving conflict. Here is what Breezy shared about her visit to the school and the potential of collective bread-making events to be used for creating peace:
“We talked about the conflict we have in our own lives, for example conflict with teachers as a result of not having homework or assignments completed on time, we talked about how such conflict could be avoided, leading to a more peaceful life. Some of the boys were having trouble with being bullied, name called and such things, this led to a really honest conversation between everyone and even some of the boys who had been bullying others made some commitments to change. We talked about conflict at home and causes of it. Once again we were able to identify areas where the boys realized they could change something to bring more peace into their family relationships. When we played The Theater of Crumbs, I was blown away with the stories that some of the boys came up with.”
Photos by Breezy Willow
In the second half of February, we launched the “Bakers Without Borders – B(re)aking Bread and Borders” project, supported by the Niwano Peace Foundation, Japan. In the coming months, young people from several ethnic minorities will “mix” and become friends with Bulgarian youth. Each group will take part in three different workshops – a bread-making event on the topic “Who am I?” and based on the Theater of Crumbs Method, in which the participants will knead bread and use their imagination to create an improvised theater with bread figures; Kitchen music – creating text and melody of a song with kitchen tools; and playing the “Bakers Without Borders” game for social entrepreneurship. All workshops will be led by the team of the Sofia Bread House and we will be inviting the participants to share their views, stories, dreams, as well as the challenges in their communities and possibilities for addressing them. The project ends on 21 October with an Open Door Day, when participants will prepare and present traditional dishes and share them with relatives, friends, classmates and the local community. The event will also include a photo exhibit with moments of the project events, a concert with the songs created during the Kitchen Music workshops and an exhibition of bread figures and sculptures. You can find more about the schedule of the events and sign up from Sandra Topalska at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +359 885 039 071.
In mid-February, the Sofia Bread House team met with Gergana Hristova, founder and driving force of the Bulgarian school in Milan, Italy. Gergana came from Italy specifically to learn the methods of the Bread Houses Network. During her three-day visit, Gergana became acquainted and trained in the programs, methods, and the social-entrepreneurial model of the organization. She participated in specially organized bread-making events – an event titled “From Grain to Bread” with students from the Progressive Primary School, bread therapy with the Center for Social Rehabilitation and Integration “Annunciation”, bread-making in the dark with the Vox Populi Documentary Theater Studio. We wish her success in her bread-making endeavors and welcome her to the Bakers Without Borders platform.
At the end of January 2018, Milena and Lily from the Sofia Bread House team took part in visual awareness training on the project “Applied Theater in Support of Children and Youth with Visual Impairments,” funded by the EU and more specifically the European Social Fund Operation Programme on Human Resources Development. Participants in the training were educators from the country. The highlights and themes of the training included strategies for working with visually-impaired children and youth, the impact of visual impairments on children with such impairments, how and with what resources to support their development. The practical sessions included a workshop on safely guiding people with impaired vision in their surrounding environment, simulation exercises, as well as a theater seminar for young people with impaired vision. The Welsh expert Nicola Crews shared hеr rich experience in managing the risks of organizing activities for visually impaired children. And later, along with other trainers and organizers of the event, she participated in a “Bread In the Dark” event аt the Sofia Bread House. Bread In the Dark is a method for community-building and personal transformation, in which facilitators with visual impairments and sighted people make bread in a darkened environment and share their thoughts on important topics.