September 2020 – January 2021

09/01/2020 01/31/2021 Asia/Hong_Kong BEING BEINGS DATE: September 2020 – January 2021

+852 5224 2215 / seed@pmq.org.hk

We are born to be creative.

The world is changing every single day with new challenges emerging every single minute. As a member of the global village, we should learn to step into others’ shoes, and respond to the happenings and people around us – and this is the ultimate essence of ‘empathy’.

The root of creativity and the purpose of design relies on our ability to think and see with different perspectives. The process of practising creativity is indeed a set of design thinking that begins with empathy.

This year, PMQ collaborates with multidisciplinary creative partners and organisations, under the sponsorship of Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, to introduce design thinking to our kids through empathy in different daily contexts. Kids can experience this problem-solving methodology through iterative process, namely ‘Empathize’, ‘Define’, ‘Ideate’, ‘Prototype’, and ‘Test’. They will be encouraged to think with different angles in order to understand the users’ needs and problems; and from that, develop possible solutions, and through realization they will struggle through the process of ‘attempt, failure, and improve’, and finally ‘succeed’. Interpersonal communications and collaboration will also be important elements throughout the whole training.

‘BEING BEINGS’ consists of four events:

1. BEING BEINGS School Outreach – All teachers and students are welcome. The Project aims to cultivate students’ motivation in learning through observation and thinking upon their everyday life.

2. BEING BEINGS Creative Camp – Creative camps will be held for P3 to P6 students. Students will have an enjoyable online learning experience through a great range of thematic classes.

3. BEING BEINGS Mini-camp – A programme designed for kids aged 5 to 8 and parents., including  talks, parent-child workshop and “BEING With You” Picture Book Exhibition. Taking picture book as a medium, the camp will encourage participants to learn more about ‘empathy’.

4. BEING BEINGS Creative Festival – The 9-day Creative Festival features activities such as “BEING BEINGS School Outreach” Student Work Exhibition, creative experience workshops and sharing sessions. Teachers, educators, parents and kids aged 3 to 12 are all welcome to join.
(This event has been cancelled)

Besides, we conducted the “BEING BEINGS Train the Trainer Workshop” for teaching team members and teachers to prepare the programme with various sessions on the application of design thinking, child psychology and design of online learning platforms. Participants were encouraged to promote creative education by applying related skills and knowledge to their classrooms.

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Highlights from the previous editions of PMQ’s creative education programme:
• Year 2019 | YES! KIDS CAN
• Year 2018 | WOW Summer Camp

Programmes are subject to change and cancellation without prior notice.

Disclaimer: The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) are those of the project organizers only and do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Communications and Creative Industries Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Create Hong Kong, the CreateSmart Initiative Secretariat or the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee.
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