It’s the journey that transforms us, not the destination. To enjoy what we do and who we do it with, requires us to seek opportunities for ‘joy’ in learning for ourselves as educators and for our students. Understanding that joy is not just for play time during lunch breaks and extra-curricular activities, it is the motivating factor throughout the learning process, we ask ourselves:
Episode E explores these topics through conversations with thought leaders, educators, and even students who are making learning fun and meaningful in their part of the world.
Now that you have watched Episode E, take the next 30 minutes to reflect on and discuss these topics together with your group. Conversation prompts are provided in the guidebook below.
Next, it’s time to take the first step forward. A toolkit is provided in the guidebook to help you apply your shared ideas and inspiration in your own class!
The journey of recreating education is meant to be enjoyed together. Here are some organisations with amazing programmes that are bringing joy and creativity to education! Connect with them to find out how you can bring your students’ learning experience beyond the classroom.
Atom & the Dot is a pioneer in hands-on subscription learning boxes in Malaysia. They champion fun in learning through their one-of-a-kind products which ensure that primary-aged students can have access to learning experiences that are full of fun, exploration, and meaning. Each box is filled with materials and instructions for Arts and Science inspired activities and experiments. Get ideas for bringing joy into your classroom lessons as you explore their range of products here.
Enfiniti Academy is a performing arts school with a vision to make arts education accessible in Malaysia. Their goal is to develop future leaders, creative thinkers, and innovators through their high standards of teaching and coaching in the arts. Their HIP English Speech and Drama Workshop is a unique way for underprivileged schoolchildren to learn the English language and has proven to be very useful in raising their self-esteem and improving their communication skills. Find out how your students can get involved here.
Pusat Kreatif Kanak-kanak Tuanku Bainun is a non-profit centre in Malaysia that makes learning fun and creative for children. Their flagship programme Artspire, is a fully-sponsored year-long arts education programme that provides opportunities for underprivileged children from 7 -17 years old to explore the arts: cultural dance, theatre, traditional instruments, culinary arts, and visual arts. PKK Tuanku Bainun also celebrates children and youth who have dedicated their lives towards social good through The Tuanku Bainun Young Changemakers Awards, in collaboration with WOMEN:girls. More info here.
The Actors Studio Academy helmed by Dato’ Faridah Merican and Joe Hasham OAM has nurtured artistes since 1995. Championing the study of the arts as skills that can be applied in everyday life not just a career, the team offers a range of arts courses for all children and adults such as the Speech and Drama programme for 3 to 17 year olds and a fun-filled school holiday programme. More info here.
Von Wong is an artist and activist based in Toronto, Canada whose work lies at the intersection of fantasy and photography, combining everyday objects with shocking statistics. He has worked with Starbucks, Dell, and Nike and has generated over 100 million views for causes like ocean plastics, electronic waste, and fashion pollution. Von’s approach towards creating social awareness is based on principles that can be paralleled in the education world for creating engagement in the classroom. He is always open to exploring collaboration with educators worldwide. Connect with Von on Instagram here.