Together We Do Better–Recognizing International Day for Persons with Disabilities

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Ksenija Popovic, A-SMYLE Montenegro ‘07

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Ksenija and her fellow representatives from the Montenegrin Medical Students International Committee

On November 22nd I took part in a project called “Together We Do Better”, which was created and organized by the Montenegrin Medical Students International Committee (MoMSIC).  This project was inspired by the wish of MoMSIC standing committee on human rights and peace to mark two very important dates, one of which December 3,  International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The project was done in cooperation between MoMSIC, whose volunteers carried out this project; “Podgorica”, a public education resource center for children and youth with disabilities, where the event took place; and the Faculty of Medicine from the University of Montenegro in Podgorica and a local medical high school, which contributed to the project by providing anatomical models and volunteers.

Ksenija helps a child learn about the functions of human organs in a most "unordinary" biology class.

Ksenija helps a child learn about the functions of human organs in a most “unordinary” biology class.

For Together We Do Better, 14 medical students held six science-themed workshops at “Podgorica”.  The students brought in human models and various props to help the children learn in an interactive way.  Additionally, since “Podgorica” is an organization whose mission is to educate those with disabilities, the workshops were designed in a way so that everyone, regardless of disability, could participate.

The children showed a great deal of interest in the topics at hand and found this normally unordinary biology class quite refreshing.  The workshops lasted for two hours and were followed by an informal get-together, which was a great opportunity for volunteers, the medical students, and the children to get to know one another.

I believe that projects like this one should not be executed only once a year and hope that my colleagues and I will continue this wonderful journey with our friends from “Podgorica”.