Interview with the Fun GEeks quiz creators
This year’s Global Education Week has just ended and with it, the national Fun GEeks competition has ended as well! Organised from Monday 16th to Friday 20th of November by Center for Youth Work in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and with the support of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe and other partners across Serbia, young people from all over Serbia have downloaded the Fun Park app and played the quiz, competing to win the most points, valuable prizes as well as the Fun GEek award.
While we’re waiting for the announcement of the winners, this week we’re bringing you an interview with the young people who created this quiz!
These are 18 young representatives from various institutions, civil society organisations, schools as well as umbrella organisations from the newly founded National Global Education Network who participated in the Fun GEeks training in October where they’ve gained elementary knowledge about Global Educaiton. However, their learning process was then just beginning, as they immediately began creating the quiz after the training.
This meant they had to research the topic of Global Education, but also of Sustainable Development Goals as well as the Global Education Week. Organised in groups which were in charge of each of the three quiz levels, they collectively formulated the questions, answers and the explanations. Simultaneously, they were searching for the pictures that would be used in the quiz and they translated the quiz in English. At the end of it all, they put together the quiz on the Fun Park website.
Now we’ll hear first-hand experience of how it was to participate in the Fun GEeks project.
Four weeks after the training, how does it seem now? How much did it help you learn the topic of Global Education?
Nađa Radosavljević (Union of Secondary School Students of Serbia): Even after four weeks from the training, I’m still under its impression. We had truly great trainers whose methods of working with a group of young people I’ll remember and use further on. When it comes to the topic of Global Education, I knew a bit about it before the training, but it helped me see the topic from a much wider perspective.
Strahinja Poledica (Youth Office Užice): As the term itself, I wasn’t really familiar with Global Education before the training, considering that it’s not very talked about here. I’m not from a large city so I don’t have the daily opportunities to work with big organisations that may have tackled the topic before. The first thing that was important for me was getting to know what Global Education, who are its organisers, to hear others’ experience working with it […]. So the training helped me get to know this term.
How meaningful was the training in terms of networking with young people from other parts of Serbia? Will you continue working together, as part of a new network?
Lana Zdravković (Organisation Irida): We certainly will. The crew was incredible, we clicked from the beginning and everything afterwards went smoothly. I heard about some organisations at the training for the first time and I’m sure we’ll stay in contact and work together on other projects..
Nevena Mirosavljević (Youth Office Obrenovac): The people at the seminar were a true revelation. It’s never happened before that all participants were so motivated for progress and participation, for teamwork and networking, as they were at this training. Continuing collaboration is always an option.
Ana Stajković (Scout Association of Serbia): It was actually very meaningful. Since I’m coming from a scout organisation, I saw that a lot of organisations are working with similar topics as we are. I liked their work and I like how all of them, and even you as organisers, were motivated to begin something new. I think it’s okay to start working together with some of these topics [such as Global Education] and to hang out simply so we could have an exchange of ideas and come up with some common results.
What’s something new and significant that you’ve learnt?
Danijela Petrović ( Legal and Business school in Niš): I’ve learnt about Global Education itself, what it represents, because as I went wholly uninformed, but also everything related to the Agenda 2030.
Jelena: For me, it would definitely be the workshop about Sustainable Development Goals. I’ve learnt what Goals there are, why they’re important and which activities we can organise to improve the current conditions.
Nevena: I’ve learnt that age, professional orientation, religion and sex aren’t important if empathy and the desire for progress is present, both in the individual and in the whole team.
How did the process of creating the quiz go? Was it fun? Challenging?
Lana: The process itself went smoothly. Our trainers were very well organised so we didn’t deviate from our original plan. We had good communication and excellent teams who diligently worked on their parts of the quiz. It was fun and if I could, I would happily do it again.
Ana: The process of creating the quiz was OK. It was a bit difficult in the beginning because we all had our obligations. Overall, it was fun but also challenging because for every question you also had to find the right answer and three false ones. Because of that, we had to research a lot. The part that was most interesting was when we were searching for pictures, because all of us literally involved ourselves and we all sent pictures which we then tried to figure out where and how to use.
Strahinja: Pushing boundaries is something that describes me, so I “dived” into this whole project and it pushed my boundaries in terms of youth activism. Creating as a process, which I found very artistic, allowed for plenty of space to express my creativity.
How much do you think creating the quiz helped you understand the topics of Global Education and Sustainable Development Goals?
Jelena: It was very useful, as it was learning through experience. Researching this topic, we found out a lot in a very interesting way. Those discoveries stay longer in our memories.
Ana: I actually think it helped a lot, as there was a lot of researching and I found out a lot of things from some sources other than the website itself. I think that I finally understood what it all actually meant and how much of a main role we have to play in raising awareness about Global Education and Sustainable Development Goals.
Strahinja: Creating the quiz was a way for me to show how much I understood, although not necessarily to deepen that my understanding. Because if I’m creating content for others, it means that I must already have mastered the topic, so it didn’t help me deepen my knowledge of the topic. It did only help me to repeat what I’ve already learned, and to reproduce what we’ve learned during a very intense training and create something of quality from that.
This year’s Global Education Week has just ended but what do you think about future plants for Global Education in Serbia? Would you like to work on further popularization of this topic?
Nađa: I would naturally want to work on this topic in the future. I’m not sure about the long term, but the next stop is: North-South Centre – Global Development Education Balkan Experts on-line meeting follow-up session which is going to be held on November 27. After that, who knows? In any case, I’ll always be there for the future of Global Education.
Nevena: I would love to continue to be involved in everything related to Global Education and sustainable development. I’ll try promote the topic as much as possible in my city going forward.
Lana: I’d certainly love to. The topic itself is interesting and I deem it important but not popular enough in Serbia. I’d love for young people to hear about Global Education and for everyone to work together to bring a better tomorrow.
The Fun Park app was designed in accordance to Global Education principles. Find out more about Global Education: