Name of institution Public Enterprise "Center for development of tolerance and physical well-being"

Duration of the project 30/03/2015-30/10/2015

Contact person Gintare Sabajeviene

Summary of the project

Day camps are intended for children of 7-12 years old
(elementary school students) and 10-15 years of age who have overweight problem. Primary school students are a group which is particularly important in consideration to professional choice.

Studies indicate the need to give children the opportunity to develop their imagination about the possibilities of the outside world, familiarizing them with the wider variety of adult activities, as from the sixth stage to eight years of a child's life the narrowing of imaginary potential career choices begins.
The number of children with overweight are particularly vulnerable to peer community integration processes, as to be bullied or to feel the risk of bullying, to defeat in advance, to accept self worthlessness and disadvantages to compare with children who have no obesity. The aim is to enable overweight kids a safe environment to know the vastness of the professional world. The camp program is structured in such a way that the environment is conducive for other vulnerable groups, for example large families, because during classes tolerance and cooperation is being promoted.


Camp program includes educational-workshops designed to familiarize students with their less notable professions, inviting those professionals in the camp or monitoring of cognitive short films. Special psychological tests and discussions with the participation of a psychologist during the camp will help participants learn to know themselves and the activities that they would like or dislike, choosing a profession. Great attention is paid to students' introduction to various disciplines and knowledge necessary for one or other profession, not only the acquisition of Lithuanian institutions of higher education, but also abroad. Children are introduced to the Erasmus + program opportunities. During the program, camp participants are taught to notice and evaluate their achievements, to collect them. Communication and collaboration expert-led discussions and creative tasks help to strengthen communication and cooperation skills and increase self-confidence.

Completing the camp program will strengthen participants' communication and collaboration skills, will enable to accept criticism more effectively, will provide more confidence, help to gain a broader understanding of adult professions and geographical boundaries of learning. At the end of camp, players will increase initiative, the ability to set goals themselves and take responsibility for the implementation of it, an adequate self-esteem.

Gained new or enhanced existing skills will have a positive impact on the further development of the child, his learning outcomes, will provide impetus to independence, awareness when selecting an interest area. Increased awareness of children's own capabilities will provide more understanding for educators and parents about the child's aptitudes, interests, talents. It will help to divert more appropriate direction, choosing subjects profiled in upper classes, additional extra-curricular activities, non-formal education policies.