Awareness raising about prevention of infectious diseases through games and fun
Thanks to UNICEF and SOS Kinderdorf’s project implemented with USAID’s financial support, for several years now children from small areas throughout BiH as well as from suburban settlements of Sarajevo, have the opportunity to get together and play and in this creative way to familiarize themselves with one of the large global problem – Avian Influenza.
- Given the fact that Superbus attracts children of all ages, often parents come with the smaller children and thus have the opportunity to learn and get information on the bird flu. The number of participants is high, at each activity around 50 children participate and sometimes the number is higher – stated Mersiha Kolčaković, psychologist in Superbus.
We have visited them in their station in the Alipasino Polje settlement in the new part of Sarajevo city. Before that, we were in Dobrinja II and Grbavica, we have visited the orthopedics and pediatrics section in the clinical center of Koševo as well as children in Visoko. Afterwards, we went in Faletići, Ilijaš and in SOS children village in Mojmilo. The idea of the bus is to go in the places where children already get together.
While we are having the conversation, around one table a group of girls is drawing, boys are playing basketball and soccer, and some are trying to walk on stilts while the majority of the children have gathered themselves around sticks, cubes and other toys.
Our primary goals are having fun, playing and learning. Thus the competition part becomes invisible. Children are drawing but they are not in competition for the best drawing. Everyone can take their drawings home - explained Mersiha.
Written by: Almir Panjeta