Pearl Divers Project 2010
On 5 July, 2010 took place the inauguration of a summer course called “Pearl Divers”. On 19 July, 2010 the JU rector, His Magnificence, Professor Karol Musiał, welcomed the participants of the summer course. It is the fifth edition of the JU project, the aim of which is to discover young talented people.
The project is aimed at talented secondary school students who come from the backgrounds of low educational awareness with no tradition of higher education. Being deprived of the supportive environment, these young people might wrongly believe that their chances to achieve an educational success are slim, and in the end they may give up further studies or choose solutions that do not match their potential. Psychological barriers (lack of self-confidence, lack of motivation, lack of positive role models) as well as economical barriers may discourage young people from taking up higher studies. The participation in the summer course should boost their self-confidence, openness and motivation. Two-week workshops will also help to raise the participants’ awareness of their own potential, and will give them a chance to discover and develop their scholarly and artistic passions. The project has been operating for 5 years now and so far it has unearthed 440 gifted people from all the areas of Poland.
This year the participants could choose one out of eight attractive academic courses including anthropology combined with archeology, literature, bio-medicine, social studies, culture studies, information sciences, physics combined with nanotechnology, and law.
However, the summer course is far from being simply about academic work since a full schedule of additional activities is offered. Volunteers will have the opportunity to benefit from city sightseeing as well as visits to the Bochnia Salt Mine, museums and theaters in Kraków. What is more, the participants will be trained in soft skills such as establishing rapport, effective communication, team work, creative problem solving or development planning. Apart from the attractions above, sport classes and artistic workshops are also at the participants’ disposal.
The organizers are convinced that the JU summer course will stimulate its participants to further development and will prove a good starting point for brilliant careers.
Published by: Łukasz Stadnicki