Seminar how poverty affect children development

50 pupils of the American English Academy in Sofia took part in a seminar that aimed at familiarising children with the outcomes of poverty and social inequality in societies, thus facilitating the overcoming thereof.

The Blame the Victim game allowed 5th graders to walk in the shoes of people of various social strata. Children found out that different society groups have different amounts of resources, which results in them having unequal opportunities – for example some are more privileged as compared to others with fewer resources. The game method focused on the power of interpersonal relations by helping children gain deeper understanding of people in vulnerable positions.

The pupils were also shown a presentation on the way poverty affects health and the cognitive and socioemotional development of children.