Shaping the Future: Greenfield International School, Primary 5 and 6 pupils. February 25, 2016
“There is no greater joy than helping a child light his candle”
Our epiphany moment came in October 2015. The Africa Code Week, a global initiative backed by SAP and Google, was drawing to a close and suddenly we realised we did not want it to end. Working with the children over a 3 day period, seeing their enthusiasm and raw delight as they created and made amazing stuff, was truly humbling.
They had just experienced new ways to learn which were novel and which appealed to their innate creativity. They had become creators and not just consumers, they had found amazing ways to express themselves and there was no holding them back.
Greenfield International School, located at Asa Road, Aba, Abia State, was one of the schools that participated in the Africa Code Week exercise here in Aba. We were privileged to host about 80 of their students during the program. Since then, the proprietress has called several times that her wards are clamouring to come again.
But this time, all her students wanted to come. Those who came had told their friends about this new thing they discovered and everyone was eager to experience it for himself. It got to a head at on PTA (Parents Teachers Association) meeting when they parents requested that their children were pestering them to come back to this place where “they learnt to create many things with the computer”…
Finally, the opportunity came. Over 3 days, we hosted approximately 120 students from the school; pupils from primary 5 and 6 on the first day, primary 3 and 4 on the second day; and primary 1 and 2 on the last day. It was fun.
The pictures below are from the first day, I will let them speak.