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Creative Studies, M.S.


International Center for Studies in Creativity


Dr. Susan Keller Mathers

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Dr. Susan Keller Mathers


Developing a Creative Learning Format for Street Children

As the number of street children grow globally, governments and UN agencies are looking at solutions to cater to their needs of shelter, health and safety. Efforts to provide formal education to street children are not always successful. This project hypothesizes that equipping these children with essential knowledge in an informal but creative learning environment will allow them to live safe and productive lives. The prototype of the creative learning format is based on approaches and tools that have worked with children in other settings and has been modified for street children. The focus is on igniting the curiosity and creativity of street children to encouraging learning. The key element of the model is the learning environment which is a Mobile Learning system which brings learning to the location of the street children through a low cost mobile unit with a trained operator. The setting of the prototype is Karachi, Pakistan and the elements of the learning environment, the content and the tools have been designed to suit this context.