A few weeks into our Free Online Summer School Project, we could see that the demand for supplementary education was skyrocketing, with our academic sessions reaching sign up numbers of up to 90. We were however also becoming very aware of our more creative sessions, like Art, Well Being and Singing/Storytime, gaining sign-ups of up to 50. Not only the sessions, but the array of submissions for our Summer School Poster Competition showcased the children's artistic streak.
This rise of creativity in the student’s communicated the effect the pandemic was having on the children’s mental wellbeing and their need for creative subjects; which allow them to express themselves and encourages their imagination to flourish and flow, which is vital in a time when our physical opportunities are being limited and restricted.
This rationale established the beginning of our Free Fun and Creative Online Sessions project, which we began to put into motion by working vigorously towards obtaining the resources to provide this project.
After applying for many grants to make this project possible, we were delighted to be selected to receive the John Lyons COVID-19 SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITY FUND. After this massive step, the consolidation of this project only continued to grow.
How the Project Kicked Off
WHY WE NEED CREATIVITY!
The effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic have already placed an immense halt on children’s attainment in education, however, the effects do not end there. Considerably, one of the most dangerous effects that the pandemic has had is on the mental wellbeing of the children in all our communities. We know that mental wellness plays such an important role in all aspects of a persons life, and to support educational attainment, we need to remedy the emotional setbacks that the pandemic has created.
The Fun and Creative Online Sessions ensure that students creativity and imagination can flourish, which will enable them to further learn and develop when back in their schools during term time. By providing a welcome distraction during holidays, the children will be able to feel more motivated after these expressive sessions. Activating their mind creatively will consequently provide the boost in which to continue academically, with their revision or holiday homework.
If there is anything that children and students currently need, it is an open and imaginative project, a new hobby or subject that can take their mind away from the mental strain of the pandemic and the loss of their education due to it. Alongside our curriculum-based sessions, we hope the students can find a full spectrum of learning which aids their development.
THE PROJECT ITSELF
Now that students are back at school, our sessions will be restarting during the school October half term - so as many students can join us as possible. If you would like to sign up, please click the button below!
With the underpinnings of the Summer School Project, we already had some resources and teachers in place and onboard to provide the Fun and Creative Sessions. We began reaching out to volunteers and curating the sessions which would be taught.
Sourcing volunteers from, companies such as Union Tuition; Members within our community; and members of our already fantastic team, we were able to secure topics for the project like Music, Art, Singing, Drama, Poems and Creative writing.
The project began on the on the 31st October, the last week of which overlapped with the last week of our Summer School Project. During the first week, we were still running on a Summer Holiday schedule, making these new sessions highly accessible due to no time restrictions. As the COVID rates were lowering, and the demand still growing for Supplementary and Complementary Education, the Government announced the reopening of schools from the 2nd September. Within the following week of the schools reopening, we drew a halt on our Fun and Creative project.
The importance of these sessions meant it was paramount to adjust to these changes, and with the help of our amazing teachers and volunteers, we are able to accommodate running the Fun and Creative sessions during holiday dates.
The October Half Term is when we will be able to return to these sessions. We urge you all to keep an eye out and sign up, when live, to the October Half Term Free Fun and Creative Sessions. We at Znaniye Foundation, hope to be able to continue providing important sessions like these, which help nurture children’s creative characters and implement a positive wellbeing mindset.
For more information about our Main Funding for this project, please visit http://jlc.london/
We are always looking for donations to allow our projects to grow and to enable us to reach more youth and communities. If you are interesting in donating, be it funds or materials, please donate directly to the below, or email us for more information!
Donations can be made directly to the Znaniye Foundation Account
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 30049691
SORT CODE: 23-05-80