Creative Thinking: New Ideas in Education

Does creativity come from within or is it a skill that can be developed? Creative education is currently considered very effective. In this edition of Learning World, we look at a few examples.

Denmark: the building blocks of education

The Billund International School in Denmark is only three months old, but it has already earned a reputation for innovation for its creative education methods.

The school was the fruit of the old LegoCEO Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, but it was their charity arm, the Lego foundation that brought their ideas about creative play to life.

“Creativity is something that happens, that springs from the playfulness that when we have fun, when we play, when we create, share, think, come up with new ideas and the playful state of mind provides a platform -form where we can test things out,” said the Foundation’s Per Havgaard.

They use Lego blocks in the classroom, where they become a serious teaching tool, as teacher Nis Fredslund explained:
“All have a relationship with Lego and use it in a learning environment, I think it’s a great opportunity. They become very active in the learning process and can use their hands instead of just sitting behind a table to answer simple math questions. They actually have to create something.

But it’s not all about the bricks. The school follows the Danish curriculum as well as the International Baccalaureate inquiry-based learning system, which claims to place the child at the center of its own education.

Although inquiry-based learning has its detractors, thinking outside the box is exactly what the International School of Billund believes in.

Some studies have highlighted the need for workers with creative skills, rather than just academic abilities, to meet the demands of an increasingly interconnected business world.

www.isbillund.com/en-gb/about/about

Pakistan: shake your body

Pakistani children are not used to learning anything outside of the school curriculum. In school, creativity was an empty world until Paul Collard, Managing Director of Creativity Culture and Education, arrived in Karachi with a mission to stimulate children’s creativity.

“This question of unleashing creativity, which is very much linked to economic development, is now of interest to governments around the world and an opportunity has arisen for us to come and explore whether this methodology really makes sense in schools in Karachi,” said said Collard.

Karachi is Pakistan’s largest city, main seaport and financial centre. It also has a huge problem with violence, which can seriously affect children’s lives and their education.

“Karachi, in many ways, because of the issues she has, is more isolated because people think it’s dangerous and so on, and so her children have greater needs and our interest, as than NGO, has been to try to go where the need is greatest but also to prove that this is where it works best. Collard explained.

Paul Collard is an expert in using creative programs as engines of social change. He hopes his vision will have the same impact in Pakistan as in his previous projects in England and the United States.

www.creativitycultureeducation.org/paul-collard
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Children living in remote rural areas can sometimes be isolated from museums and art galleries – but if children can’t go to museums, how about bringing museums to them? Let’s see how they do it in Taiwan.

Taiwan: moving museum

Children living in remote rural areas can sometimes be isolated from museums and art galleries, but if children can’t go to museums, how about bringing museums to them?

In partnership with major museums in Taiwan and abroad, the Quanta Foundation for Culture and Education has created its traveling exhibition “Immersion in Creativity”, a mobile museum project for junior high school students and of primary.

The idea is simple: using replicas, exhibits can be shown in remote villages and schools on outer islands.

The gymnasium at Chung Shan High School, near Kaohsiung city, is becoming a museum, displaying replicas, artifacts, brochures and artwork by the students themselves.

By integrating aspects of culture. such as aesthetics and the art of living in the school curriculum, and by forging partnerships with local communities, the Foundation sets up a multicultural platform that promotes lifelong learning.

Through creativity and innovation, this exhibition transforms education into a dynamic learning experience and encourages students to explore and understand the world of culture, as explained by Yang Shining, art teacher “For me, as an art teacher, this is the perfect opportunity for us to bring art to campus and the students can really enjoy it.”

So far, more than 1,000 exhibitions have taken place across the country, attracting over 2.3 million visitors.

The program provides schools and the wider community with a range of educational content to broaden students’ cultural horizons and it was a WISEREWARDS finalist in 2013.