SAFE in SCHOOLS playshops are organized and facilitated in such a way they are literarily re-creational activities.
The term Recreation is often used in general descriptions: “The recreational activities we offer are soccer, basketball and…” However we place a hyphen in Re-creation to emphasize the importance of evaluating the true re-creational effects (or the lack of...) each activity has had on each person, each time.
We are specialized in offering Re-creation activities for adolescents (including pre- and post-adolescents) or better said; in showing them how they can "re-create themselves" through their own favourite activities.
Adolescents often experience lots of pressure in their daily life, including school responsibilities, hormonal influences, boy/girl tensions, difficult family situations, insecurities about the world at large and lots of peer pressure. Most of the time before they get involved in a Re-creation activity these various sources of pressure weigh heavily onto them (whether they show this openly or not). Then after the activity - if it was truly re-creational - their well-being (their self-esteem, capacity to focus on tasks at hand, respect of the social and natural environment, etc.) has clearly improved and they can now deal in an appropriate way with all their “ado-pressure”. We have often seen youngsters tranform all their personal friction into great motivation not only for athletic and artistic achievements, but also for academic development and social functioning.
Of course there are also students who were already in good spirits before the Re-creation activity; they will even feel better (and seem like adults). However if there is no improvement, then the activity was not Re-creation for that particular person. Many factors play a role; a youngster's past experiences with the activity, whether the activity met their needs on that moment, the influence of other participants in or around the activity, how the activity was facilitated, etc.
For an optimal efficiency of any Re-creation playshop, SAFE in SCHOOLS creates a Positive Peer Culture in each session. This allows students to be free from fear of failure and negative peer pressure. Our playshops motivate all participants through developing (or reinforcing) their Self-esteem, Focus & Respect.
*Please visit www.nifplay.com to get an idea about the scientific research on the importance and efficiency of creating a state of being that allows us to truly play. - what we call our State of Playing (FLOW state) - in learning and in performing (and many other domains of life). We use the term "playshop" in stead of "workshop".