On 22 November 2018 we held the thirteenth workshop with students from the 4-th grade of “St. Paisii Hilendarski” Secondary School – Plovdiv, who were at a Forest School in Bansko, Bulgaria. The participants were students with visual impairments, mobility disabilities of the lower limbs and with internal disabilities, as well as students without disabilities.
At the beginning, Mrs. Grudeva reminded the participants the goals of the project and encouraged them to implement those goals in that tourism activity in the Pirin Mountains.
The event was organized and held by Mrs. Grudeva – a teacher of Physical Education and Sport, two more teachers of Physical Education and Sport from the same school, a medical practitioner and a mountain guide.
In the hotel we gave instructions for the upcoming activity and we reminded the students the rules of hiking in mountain areas. The medical practitioner also instructed the students and the mountain guide led them. When we reached the starting point, the mountain guide and the teachers lined all the children up, instructed them, reminded them the aims and the final point, as well as the way of walking. Small teams were formed and leaders were pointed out. We would like to note that the leaders of two of the teams were children with disabilities. A girl with mobility impairment did not give up that tourism activity. We figured it out that even slower than the others, she would reach the final point. And it happened that way. We made two breaks and we reached the goal. All the participants welcomed us with applause, and some of them personally congratulated the girl. The other participants with disabilities, who were the team leaders, also did it well. All tourists reached the final point without any difficulties because they followed all the requirements concerning hiking in the mountains – that is to say: walking slowly, breathing deeply in and out and drinking liquids .
The workshop lasted for 60 minutes, but it was obvious that the time was not enough, so we let the students play a tag-game for another 15 minutes.
When the teacher announced the end of the game, the students lined up and we went back to the hotel, happy and satisfied with the conducted activity amongst nature. Everyone was visibly pleased with what had happened, which showed us that the goals of the project were achieved and the inclusion of children with disabilities was successful.
The event was organized by Mrs. Grudeva and Mrs. Ikimova as the thirteenth workshop within the project aiming to raise pupils’ awareness of the benefits of sports.