“How to think creatively and come up with innovative solutions to the challenges…?” – this is what the students that are a part of the Idea Fusion Center learned and discussed during an online training for creative thinking, which happened at the end of February. Through interactive examples and activities, they advanced their knowledge and expanded their views on initiating and implementing ideas aimed at positive changes in the community.
During the training, the facilitators Vladimir Karaev and Ljupka Ristovska presented to the students what creative thinking means and why it’s important. They emphasized that it’s vital to think outside of the box and through examples showed them which positive results can be achieved with creativity.
Encouraged by this, the students together in groups solved riddles and suggested innovative solutions to given problems. This way, they learned to look at things in a broader sense and to try to come up with more ideas for bettering their schools and the wider community. They also discussed that they should be proactive and to share their ideas.
“Don’t give up and don’t stop on the first idea. When you face a certain challenge, think that maybe there is more than one solution. Every idea is worthy and your idea should be heard. Don’t keep it only to yourself,” told them Ljupka Ristovska.
Vladimir Karaev added, “Don’t be afraid to show your creativity in any time and believe in your suggestions. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake and don’t think like everyone else”.
Online trainings and activities for developing the skills of the students and strengthening their capacities are planned during the whole year. Through them, the students will collaborate with each other and will participate in developing and implementing unique and creative ideas at a distance.
This activity is part of the Youth Ethnic Integration Project, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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