Super successful county visits in Estonia!
In the end of 2018 we visited one school in every Estonian county. This means that all in all we visited 15 different schools to introduced BREAK! project to youngsters. Approximately 100 students were in the audience at every event, as a record, 240 students took part of our event in Kuressaare.
On every county visit 4-5 young actors and actresses, known to the youngsters already from the TV-series "Miks Mitte?!/Why Not?!", were present. Together with the students, the young actors and actresses watched clips from the TV- series as well as the alternate endings, that showed how situations could have alternatively untangled. Moreover, the actors told youngster about stereotypical situations and beliefs that they have had to deal with while making their career choices. As young actors were discussing these topics directly with the students, the atmosphere of the events was very open and trusting. Young actors and actresses were accompanied by BREAK!'s advisor Maret Seppel.
Students feedback to the county visits was very positive. Often students were already waiting for our visit, as they were big fans of the TV series and had heard about the event from their friends in other counties or from Instagram or Facebook. Many fan pictures were taken and autographs shared, students were interested in the topics and took actively part in the discussion. Teachers said, that the fact that none of the students was on their smartphone was the best sign showing that youngsters listened to us with interest.
Moreover, teachers tought that the topics we are talking about are indeed important and need to be talked about. However, without further knowledge of the topic and without any experience on how to do so, it is rather tricky for teachers to do so successfully. Therefore, teachers are already looking forward to BREAK!'s trainings and study materials as well as using the TV-series as an educational tool.
On 19th of October we visited Rakvere’s Science Gymnasium and Jõhvi’s Gymnasium, on 20th of October we visited Jõgevamaa’s and Paide’s Gymnasiums, on 21th of October we visited Pärnu’s Koidula Gymnasium and Rapla’s Gymnasium. On 28th of November we visited Hiiumaa’s Gymnasium and on 29th of November Kuressaare’s Gymnasium. On 5th of December we visited Tartu Raatuse School, on 6th of December we visited Võru’s and Põlva’s Gymnasiums and on 7thof December we visited Valga’s and Viljandi’s Gymnasiums. Last, but not least, on 13th of December we visited Haapsalu’s Middleschool.
As the events were very successful, we were invited to many other schools as well, but unfortunately in 2018 we could not make it.