Sara Manzini, Tatiana Toutikian, and Sarah Naim
Haraka is a Desmeem Project under the theme Design & Creative Education in collaboration with Paradis D'enfants.
In this changing country that is Lebanon, creative and inspiring education is key. By enabling educators to teach analytical methods, students can learn autonomy from an early age. The Creative Education team explores this vision in the context of the Paradis d’Enfant school, an NGO created in 1997 when public schools had to face big administrative problems after thirty years of war and families could not provide costly private education for their children.
We work on the difficult transition between the playful freedom of the pre-school classes and the more structured primary school environment. Through small creative activities we investigated the reasons why children entering primary school get agitated and easily loose concentration. By sitting among them in class we initiated debates to make them start thinking about how they feel in class and what are their interests. We finally decided to focus on the Arabic language, which they find hard to learn because it is much different from the one they speak at home. We work both on the methodology of teaching and on the classroom space to create an environment that facilitates an interactive learning experience.
For more info:
Desmeem: Design & Creative Education