We should cherish each moment that we have to share knowledge by taking the opportunity to approach social issues that are of great concern to all life on the planet. Anyone can be an artist – this is what we want to show kids and many others want to show them. Bright Side Projects takes this one step further and tells everyone that they can also be activists, be agents of change, thus one of the crucial steps in laying the path to the future. (English Below)
老師 Teacher： 張恆銘 (六樓鐵皮)
攝影師： Daisy Lin，李仁豪
大朋友 Big Friends：Peter Hsieh
捷式股份有限公司, Jimmy Sun | 祥益興業社 / 菜市場的Eason, Plants, 探索天下有限公司/蔡慧儀 | 蕭鈞忠 | 陳盈如 | 張瓊云| 鍾幸容 | Stephen Suen | Kelly Lin | 蕭敬騰 | Anonymous Marathoner | Stephen Suen | 私立育才國民小學 Kevin Dam Julie Shih | 歐寶惠 | 李文馨 | Sarah Milne | 鄭安婕 | 黃素月 | 林其安 Vegeholic Charity Birthday Party | Happy Tuesday – 鐘少庭 | 林晅瑄 | 林士軒
特別感謝 Special Thanks: 郭慈幼 | 新馬蘭部落, 公益彩券基金, BDigital Asia
We should cherish each moment that we have to share knowledge by taking the opportunity to approach social issues that are of great concern to all life on the planet. Anyone can be an artist – this is what we want to show kids and many others want to show them. Bright Side Projects takes this one step further and tells everyone that they can also be activists, be agents of change, thus one of the crucial steps in laying the path to the future.
In our animal welfare series, we brought the focus onto endangered animals through group discussion and paper mache. By talking about and understanding animals plus their reasons for being endangered, we hope kids would then create their own “brand new” paper mache animals and detail the environmental hazards they faced as well.
This time we talked about polar bears, orangutans, and (what was it again). Instead of telling the kids the animals we would introduce, we had them guess the type of habitat, their diet, size, sound, and how they moved. Putting kids into the scenarios that the animals may face and their loss, and asking kids how they felt if it happened to them, brought the issues home.
Unnecessary development, over-reliance on ingredients such as palm oil, excessive usage of energy and other actions contributing to climate change felt locally and where polar bears lived, were discussed. It was really surprising for us that some of the kids actually knew about the serious consequences that animals faced and yet some of them said they did not care because it was not themselves who were facing it.
When then asked “how about I build a road through this community center and over your house?” The kids adamantly said no and wondered why if there were so many roads already why this new one needed to be built and should destroy their homes. This became a perfect stepping stone as we launched into the discussion about how endangered animals came to be and soon enough, kids were defending them and balancing the act of what was a want versus a need. We went over some possible action that they could take lessen the harm on our planet and the animals.
Kids took this lesson with them on the next step in deciding what to draw and create for their own animals, sketching then cutting and reshaping the lines from discarded clothes hangers. They ripped old newspapers for the paper mache that would be used for the sculptures.
It was a long squishy paper filled day in the end, but we hope that the crafts will dry as expected so when we return later on they will be able to give life to their animals by touching up their masterpieces with color. We have so much more to talk about with the kids and learn together on this road and urgently need your support for this unique type of education method that truly empowers them.