Canon, the imaging and optical products maker, has rolled out a programme that seeks to boost creative learning among students in Kenya.
The programme was launched at Oshwal Academy Nairobi recently, where teachers were trained on using Canon’s PIXMA Creative Park, a collection of creative content that can be printed and used in practical learning.
The Creative Park comes with Paper Craft and Scrapbook modules designed for children to express their creativity by producing their own 3D models.
Canon Business Development Manager Sandeep Ramarajan said under the partnership, learning will be enhanced through creation of personalised greeting cards, calendars, 2D & 3D models, paper craft, art and scrapbooks among other activities that stimulate learners’ minds. The programme works well with more practical subjects such as geography, science projects and architecture.
Using Canon’s Pixma range of inkjet printers, Creative Park provides a huge library of paper craft activities, giving learners access to photos and illustrations of world-renowned artists. The learners then try to create similar models adding their own creativity.
“It boosts creativity thus making the process of learning easy and enjoyable for children. Visual learning keeps the child’s attention and promotes questioning and discussion,” said Ramarajan.
Canon’s Creative Park help learners develop skills such as problem solving, following instructions, coordination and patience.
Oshwal Academy head of primary Dr Lalit Modak termed it as the perfect tool to compliment vocational training. “If our curriculum and pedagogy does not engage our students as creators and problem solvers, then we are doing our students and indeed our nation a great disservice,” she said.
Ramarajan said that this model can be tailored to suit learners at different levels.