Author: Александр Шуляк

Александр Шуляк

Координатор группы созависимых, психотерапевт
Александр Шуляк

Unusual sociological focus group with schoolchildren

An unusual sociological focus group with schoolchildren was held in Dnipro. This was the first such experience for us. It became possible thanks to the fruitful cooperation of the Department of the NOC of Ukraine and the Dnieper National University (rector – Polyakov). And its participants were schoolchildren of different ages, educational institutions and interests. The fact is that the Olympic department conducts most of its events for schoolchildren. Therefore, we came up with the idea of ​​holding such a meeting, the purpose of which was to identify innovative ideas during sports events, which have long become the hallmark of the Dnipropetrovsk region.

Therefore, with the support of students-trainees of DNU, and our partners – the network of gas stations SKY, we received a base and all the necessary conditions for holding an event in the restaurant “Roadhouse”. Also the guests of the focus group were: the world champion, participant of three Olympic Games in fencing Bogdan Nikishyn, executive director of the Olympic center Alexander Dyvbakov; representative of the International Anti-Drug Association Alexander Shulyak; representatives of the youth movement of the Dnipropetrovsk region; physical education teacher SSZSh № 142 m. Dnipro named after Pierre Gde Coubertin Victoria Mikhailova. Thanks to the Education Department of the Department of Humanitarian Policy of Dnipro, personally to the directors of educational institutions for their help in holding the event.

There were concerns about the maximum openness of children to a frank conversation about what they like in our events what needs to be modernized and what to work on, and what to give up altogether. At the beginning of the conversation, it was so. But after the participants of the event got to know each other better and ceased to be shy, fruitful work began. She turned out to be very productive and interesting. Moreover, both for the organizers and for the children themselves, who were, to put it mildly, surprised that at last they, as the target audience, were asked what they wanted to see our sports events in the Dnieper and the region. A lot of ideas were sounded: on organizing festivals, announcing them, holding them, filling various directions with activities that would be interesting for future participants themselves. We also heard how a young man can be motivated to take part in such an event. Once again we saw the need to spread such measures as much as possible outside of large cities, into districts, villages of the region and much more.

In general, such a meeting with young people was the first experience for us. We heard a lot of ideas and innovations, ideas for new projects. Now it’s up to you to decipher and formulate these ideas, and most importantly, to implement them in future events! And we will definitely introduce the results of the research to our readers. After all, these are our children!

At the end of the meeting, the children received gifts from the main Olympian of Dnipropetrovsk region Andrey Pavelko. And also within the framework of one of the directions of the NOC of Ukraine #OlympicLab project, namely “Chat with Champions and Leadership Skills”, they had the opportunity to chat over a cup of tea in an informal setting with Bogdan Nikishin. It turned out that in order to get real pleasure young people need not so much.