When we say we want better education in Kuwait, then more creative ideas are required. We got introduced to the Night Zoo Keeper by Andrew Schofield. Andrew Says:
“I’m in the process of approaching a number of schools to promote a primary school project called the Night Zookeeper http://www.nightzookeeper.com/ that is a free online resource for schools that encourages creativity in children and inspires them to produce creative writing and artwork about their own magical animal. The project has been developed by two of my University friends back in the UK and it focuses on the development of children’s English, Art & ICT skills (it is also directly linked in to the English National Curriculum).
The project is based around the adventures of a Night Zookeeper and the fantastical animals he meets on his daily rounds. By participating in the adventures of the Night Zookeeper children paint, draw, sing, write and play their way through an ever evolving game. The project encourages creativity in children and inspires them to produce creative writing and artwork about their own magical animal which they can then upload into the world of the Night Zoo, where anything is possible! Children are then encouraged to take on the role of a Night Zookeeper themselves. They must carry out ‘Missions’ to look after the animals in the zoo, these typically involve playing imaginative, offline games like making up a dance, singing a song or writing a story.
The project recently won 1st prize at the Education ‘Startup Weekend’ in London sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation http://vimeo.com/34123359 (Video from the event) and they then followed this win with victory at the prestigious Learning Without Frontiers conference this month.”
We have many English schools here that should start using this to get our youngsters more creative. I mean kids can get more creative than any adult and all you need is to push them.
If you have a kid, try it out here: