300 children from 8 to 14 years old, some in situation of vulnerability and disadvantage coming from 11 social protection centers and shelters, have participated over the summer in co-creation workshops facilitated by Arkki and worked in teams to develop their versions of a smart and child friendly neighborhood.
During the summer they have learned STEAM through the urban design process using basic urban planning materials such as clay, wood as well as computers, Sketchup, 3D Augmented Reality and Hololens.
The workshops include that children showcase their 21 innovative concepts solutions during the Ho Chi Minh City Week of Innovation, Startup and Entrepreneurship – WHISE 2018 18.10 and 19.10. These works will be exhibited as well during Saigon Innovation Week, October 15-20.
The objective is to give voice to the children and provide them with 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, collaboration and communication to be able to actively influence their environment for the better.Through this program, UNICEF and its partners have promoted children’s creativity and participation into decision-making process and social solutions designing.
When 65% of future jobs are still unknown, we need to facilitate to the children life-long learning, and the ability to create, engage, participate and innovate.
UNICEF is collaborating with the Saigon Innovation Hub (SIHUB), Department of Architecture and Planning of Ho Chi Minh City and Arkki to implement this program which is part of Ho Chi Minh City’s Child Friendly City Initiative Project (2017-2021).
Arkki International Ltd. The Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth is the leading institution in architectural education for children and youth in the world, founded in Finland in 1993. Arkki education empowers children and youth with innovation skills, holistically intertwining the cognitive, behavioural, functional and technical aspects. The objective is to support children and youth to become innovative influencers of the future through architecture education – whatever their chosen vocation may be. Architecture combines arts and diverse sciences and hence architecture education supports inter-disciplinary learning of different phenomenons. In Finland Arkki belongs to the network of art education institutes that have been certified by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture to offer school children extracurricular visual art education. Arkki International Ltd. is the company licensing the Arkki education concept globally. So far Arkki Schools are located in 14 cities in Finland, Greece, Cyprus, Czech Republic and Vietnam. Arkki is an official member of a national education export program Education Finland program, offering Finnish educational know-how and learning solutions globally.