“Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education. ”
To be human is to be more than an economic producer. The utilitarian approach to education and curriculum is missing one of the key purposes of human development: it’s ability to imagine, create and shape a future for himself.
This is why Art in education is so important. One of the most important features of creative arts is that it emphasises perception, curiosity and a non-linear process of creation, play and experiment. This teaches kids, in a world that is progressively more and more performance driven, that the method by which you arrive at the destination is as or more significant than the destination itself. The following projects all included education and ‘the creative process’ as an integral part of their artistic endeavour.
“Good art can educate and create empathy, and empathy leads to change” – Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (oscar-winning documentary filmmaker of A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness and Saving Face)