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Building Skills of Children in Care

Building Skills of Children in Care

Building Skills of Children in Care

A new project at Hayat Sende is giving children in care the chance to take part in an international competition.  

First Lego League is a global science and technology challenge for teams of students that encourages an interest in real world issues. The students work together to explore a given topic and to design, build and programme an autonomous Lego robot to solve a series of missions.

Hayat Sende are supporting children living in group homes in Ankara to take part in the First Lego League Tournament in Turkey in 2018. Fifteen children, aged between six and 16, will compete in two separate teams. Although it is a small number compared with the total number of children living in care in Turkey (18,323 in 2016), the project aims to break down social barriers and promote good practice in achieving social impact.

Children in care are one of the most disadvantaged groups of young people in Turkey. It is hard for them to compete with their peers, both during school and in the labour market. Nearly 72% of children in care drop out of high school in Turkey. The main causes of this are stigmatisation and lack of confidence. Children often internalise negative stereotypes, which limits their aspirations.

The project will provide the necessary tools to take part in the tournament, two coaches for each team, and a supportive learning environment to train and prepare for the competition and build children’s individual and team skills.

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