This feels like “Room Reveal”time.
Incorporating the CFS Guidelines for setting up a Child Friendly Space:
- approach NGOs working in partnership with the Akre Camp, to locate and secure a building/room which can be used as a CFS. A large rectangular space, with a door and lockable windows is the goal. Flooring is rugs and mats donated by charity groups/ local vendors.
- Invite teenagers and adults in the camp to assist in fitting out the space, with construction of a small elevated platform to serve as a “stage” for performances.
- Furniture, equipment, resources, art supplies, technology and digital resources etc sourced from NGOs such as TWB, UNESCO, UNICEF, Save the Children, TentED, Peace Winds Japan, The Red Pencil, Arts Therapy International.
Floor plan of CFS with Creative Arts emphasis:
Art Therapy facilitators, working with organisations like The Red Pencil, Arts Therapy International, Rise Foundation help to run the art therapy sessions in the CFS. 1-2 Teachers will also be present in the space to address key learning areas of the Iraqi Curriculum Framework for any students not attending the Camp school/Akre township school for whatever reasons. There is a strong emphasis on creativity, creative expression, opportunities for performing, dramatic play, visual arts, and construction/Maker activities. Children have the opportunity to work collaboratively (The Collaborative Learning Space) with others in a range of activities, or can opt to engage in personal/individual learning experiences (The Personal Learning Space). Children can have ownership of their learning experiences whilst they are in this space, all the while supervised in a safe, secure space, with access to scaffolded support, direction and guidance from adult facilitators in Art Therapy and education.
Each child in the Akre Camp who attends this space receives their own personal art supplies kit (My Art Box) which they can take with them, and keep to use anytime when they feel the desire to creatively express themselves with the materials on hand. (Personal Learning Space).They can also use the Digital Resource Cards in their kit when they have access to technology, to explore learning experiences digitally. The recommended Web tools and Apps on the cards target Creativity and Educational activities.
When attending the CFS, children have the opportunity to pursue learning experiences in the Technology Hub. Here they can be shown how to blog, and provided with possible Blogging sites they can use to create their own personal blogs/diaries/e-journals (Personal Learning Space). Children can use their Blog to write in daily/weekly -their choice – of what they have created in this CFS, how they created it, even Why they created it. They can upload photos or videos of the process of creating it and the finished product as well if they so choose. If they want they can write -building and developing and practising crucial literacy skills from their key learning areas – about the What, the Why and the How of this creative process, and how it made them feel. They can write about their goals – the immediate ones for the next day, and/or the Big Picture goals – igniting hope and inspiring them to get up each day, and learn some more.
This Personal Learning Space (Blogging) allows them time to reflect on their learning, on their creativity, motivating them to learn more, create more, share more. Hopefully this helps in their own healing and recovery as life-long learners. It helps build their perceptions of SELF, increase, however incrementally, their self-efficacy and self-worth, and start them on a path of pursuing self-chosen goals, learning experiences, resilience, recovery and healing.
This Creative Arts space, housed within this new CFS on the grounds of the Akre Camp is where the Collaborative Learning Space is active and always accessible. The activities and learning experiences here in this CFS are conducive to collaborative and co-operative learning – where the children work together with the common goal of actively learning and achieving. This Collaborative Learning Space helps build exciting social and engaging learning environments through creative expression through art, and Art Therapy sessions and activities. This space also includes technology readily accessible by the children – thanks to NGO initiatives and assistance from tech corporations such as Google, Microsoft, Apple. Students can watch creative arts performances in dance, drama, and music on Vimeo or YouTube, or access the Maker Movement and its extensive links and resources, as well as HOW TO instructional videos on a long list of creative art activities, and educational activities.
You will notice that both of these learning spaces – the Personal and the Collaborative also overlap with the e-Space. These students need to see a future, and their future as children in the 21st Century, will without doubt involve technology, digital literacy, e-learning and mlearning. Making technology available to them whenever possible helps them to build, develop and improve their digital skills, which ultimately they will draw upon during their lifetimes.
So…..that is, in essence, my Future Learning Space.
To me, it seems grandiose, but still I believe its a concept that, if ever realised, could make a real difference to those children in Akre camp.
Thankyou, sincerely, for taking the time to explore my PLN, and in particular, my journey in researching, planning and creating my Future Learning Space.