DH – Direkthilfe / Direct Help – Summer Programme 1.7. – 2.9. 2006
Crash course in Art education for female/male primary and middle level school
teachers of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan.
The reconstruction & rehabilitation after the unfortunate incidence of the earthquake is a
sad beginning for the community at large and schools in particular and demands creative
ways to bring out the best in future generations of this land. Schools, both in terms of
physical space and education structure are the worst hit. forced to operate in the make
shift environment which is a constant reminder of misery and pain, much is desired in
terms of physical environment and facilities, the aesthetic of the school space.
The present situation necessitates that the teachers be equipped with contemporary tools
of education with stress on Arts as a tool of trauma-healing.
Art teachers from the city of Lahore have come together to design a strategy for
addressing this urgent need starting from the primary and middle school teachers which
deal with children ages 6-9 years.
Children respond to visual stimulus much before they can fully comprehend the written
word. Usually this fact is accommodated in the school curricula through Art education
and multiple structured activities which motivate and educate the children in a playful
and creative manner.
Unfortunately the local schools offer no art education and the teachers are not trained to
engage the children in an artistic environment The situation is further complicated by the
fact that mother tongue of both teachers and students is Hindko but the medium of
instruction is Urdu. A language alien to all the actors of the pedagogical game.
There is no room in the present setup for growth of artistic thinking or expression and no
artists will be born of these schools. We must invest in children and provide opportunities
to the artist in each of us.
A course and resources material is to be