Many thanks to Abdul Hassan Rubel, Executive Director and Principal, Amader Pathshala, Dhaka, Bangladesh, in giving me space and time to work with the children of the school. Lastly, a big thank you to Ms. Jarin Shetu for assisting me throughout the workshop.
Amader Pathshala School is a social initiative for quality education of underprivileged children aged 4-16 years. It aims to deliver education, appropriate to their socio-economic condition and cultural background. They focus on creating lessons that interest the youth population. It also aims to support them in finding avenues to continue their studies. The initiative is privately funded and the donations are used directly for the students’ education.
I designed, implemented, and conducted a one-day workshop that was rotated between three classes (due to space limitations). The workshop concentrated on the theme of ‘Happiness’ – something that the children witnessed in their lives or would foresee for themselves. There were three groups of students from Grade 4-8 who were simultaneously given the task to draw what they considered ‘happy’ in their lives. Warm-up exercises were initially directed to bring focus to the group and provide them a common platform to generate awareness through rhythm and movement.
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