Baavar (Belief) started its activities in Dec 2004, in three areas, namely culture-building, empowering and pursuing the rights of the handicapped, as citizens. Over half a century of experience in social culture-building, we’ve been trying to achieve planned goals, whereby effective steps are taken in teaching social and cultural concepts to kids, in line with our areas of activity.
Research on culture-building
We went to schools where kids didn’t know anything about the handicapped issue. We talked to the pupils honestly, and let them touch the wheelchair and move it. Telling them stories, we asked them simple questions, and requested them to put themselves in the shoes of the handicapped person, and tell us what things in the city could make trouble for them. Then we told them to give us solutions, whatever that crossed their minds. And in the end, they were asked to put their reflections into a letter or painting. We received feedback that was different from what we’d expected. Kids were excited while replying. We had a simple message for them, and they got it quite well.
Baavar’s message to the children
Hey kids, being handicapped is just a difference, and we’ve got to respect those who are different from us, and remember that we’re not essentially better than them.
We’ve heard the typical questions kids often ask: mom, why is that boy lame? Dad, why doesn’t this guy have a hand? Mom, why do those women move their hands like that? Dad, what’s that in the man’s ear? What have been our answers to the kids’ questions, or their surprised and curious looks at a handicapped person whose appearance is different?
We’ve often provided no answer. Simply, pulled our son or daughter’s hand, and dragged him away from a piece of reality which is neither ugly nor annoying, and have therefore implied that, the piece of fact is both ugly and annoying.
So, if our own kid becomes a handicapped someday, due to an accident or illness, we cannot tell him or her that nothing terrible has happened and you can still live your life like an ordinary person in the society.
So, it’s not going to be strange if someday, somewhere at home, school or future workplaces, he or she observes a handicapped, or simply becomes his co-worker, and then tries to keep away from him, or sympathizes with him, or doesn’t know how to communicate with him well, just because we’ve failed to teach our kid all that knowledge.
While conducting research in this arena, we learned that kids, despite their parents, will never forget a phenomenon, if they have a clear understanding of that. So, we came to believe that changing the wrong beliefs, providing fair chances and building proper infrastructure in the arena of handicapped people across the country, will just be realized via teaching and spreading the right set of beliefs across the society, for younger kids especially.
On this website, we’ve used a different language to being exceptional, so that the family and friends of handicapped kids feel proud of having such a child. Acquainting kids with various types of handicapped categories, and the right behavior they could show toward those special needs, via the family, teachers and trainers. You’ll find all that on the website.
The following goals are set for this website (I can):
– Developing a realistic and scientific attitude to various types of physical disability and diagnosing indicators of each type
– Introducing the important and international signs associated with disability
– Introduction to symbols and activities of the major organizations dealing with the handicapped and public bodies
– Creating a positive mental image of the abilities of the disabled
– Using children and teenagers’ creative mental potentials in major social issues and ways of dealing with people who have conspicuous differences in appearance compared to others
– Paving the way for psychological acceptance of kids with disability at schools nationwide, simultaneous with a comprehensive scheme to have more of such children with special needs, put into the ordinary education system around the country
Baavar NGO believes that today’s kids are cultural envoys of tomorrow’s Iran, if we effectively and practically teach them both knowledge and exalted beliefs.
Part of the international convention on disabled people
Each child around the world seems to be different, and has different beliefs, experiences, traditions and abilities. Those differences give rise to new possibilities, hopes, dreams and friendships. The differences among world people is a treasure for us all, in order to cooperate with each other. Each and every child is a member of the world family and the family has a share of their unique abilities. Let’s not forget that no child is outside this family.
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Project title: “So Can I” festival
Executive: Baavar organization
Since the beginning, social awareness has been and still is one of the areas of operation for this organization, and media is the most powerful tool at Bavaar’s disposal. Another tool used in this field is cultural productions which are tailored to the needs of society and Baavar always has attempted to pay particular attention to this issue.
In this regard, in order to provide social awareness in the field of children and adolescents, Baavar’s cultural productions unit attempted to formulate and design a project titled “So Can I”. This project has been designed with the purpose of teaching children how to properly communicate with people who have disabilities. This book gives children the opportunity to put themselves in the shoes of people with disabilities and be better able to look at the world with their points of view. This practice causes mutual understanding of different situations, and according to child experts this matter is very effective in teaching proper social behaviors in early childhood.
In the design of the “So Can I” book, a simple and childish world of a child with disability has been portrayed and the concerns and problems of children is mentioned indirectly. Due to thi book, by the means of family, trainers and educators Children also learn about the types of disabilities and how to socially interact with children who have thes disabilities. Changing incorrect beliefs, equalization of opportunities and social awareness are other achievements of implementing this plan in the field of people with disability, which can be obtained in this way.
Description of project:
After studying the book, students should answer the questions which are designed according to the context of the story; this questions are included in the book. After deadline, answer sheets are collected by school staff and will be delivered to the secretariat of the festival. After evaluating answers, the Secretariat will announce the results. Celebrating closing ceremony, awarding prizes to the winners and commending organizers of the festival are some other executive activities that are included in this plan.
- The project scope includes the child audiences (students 9 to 10 years old)
Achievements of implementing the project:
- Distribution of cultural products and transcendent aspirations of Baavar in a broader range of society
- Indirect teaching of sociocultural concepts to children
- Indirect teaching of citizenship rights to children
- The ability to estimate project success rates, in order to exploit the results in other educational-Cultural projects
- Creating social concern and sensitivity to overcome the problems of disabled people in society.
- Taking advantage of children cooperation in order to promote the culture of respect and human dignity in the society.
- Conducting media activities with regard to social awareness under the pretext of the festival
In order to inform about Festival events and maintain regular contact with children, “I Can” website launched last year. In this website, being exceptional is expressed in such a way that family and friends of the same age boast of having such people. Children’s familiarity with types of disabilities and correct behavior towards children with special needs is an issue which is done by family, trainers and educators and these points are included in this website.