The creative side of human brain and the imagination have no boundaries if allowed to flourish under proper guidance. Perhaps, the creativity among children can be directed in meaningful learning experiences more readily because their imagination, by and large, is not yet coloured by outside influences. As a subset of Pencil to Power, our goal under this initiative is to bring out the creative side of children who have unlimited potential but limited opportunity and perhaps no tools.
Bachcho ki Kalam se was piloted in May 2017 in about a dozen primary schools targeting 10-12 children of grades 3-5 in each school (over 100 children). They were given art books and crayons and several themes, not required, but to choose from. Examples included- Beti Padhao (educate daughter), Environment, Water, Swachch Bharat (Clean India), My School etc. It was their homework assignment for summer break not necessarily followed by all children. Vidya Gyan is pleased that the children chose a variety of other themes- a reflection of their creativity and imagination with the guidance and direction of their teachers/parents.
One of Vidya Gyan’s creative imagination is to have a book published using the artwork as a testimony that children anywhere have the potential to be creative given proper guidance, encouragement, and environment. We believe that the poor image of government schools can be improved by showcasing the talent of the children. A book should encourage other schools to have children engaged in similar activities and thus creativity to be contagious while reading, writing, and doing math, etc.
The research shows that generally, if the left side of the brain is dominant, a person is “logical” while s/he is more “creative” with right side dominance. Our vision is to provide nourishment for both sides of the brain in the formative years of learning because one needs needs to be logical and creative creativity to succeed in the 21st century more than ever before.