A camp training volunteers in children’s design education was launched on July 20 by C Foundation at the Sea World Culture and Arts Center in Nanshan District.
According to C Foundation’s trustee Troy Sun, within three months, the camp will train 50 designers, welfare staff and project managers from around the country on children’s aesthetic education, design thinking education, project management and volunteer service. After the training, the trainees will return to where they come from and use what they have learned at the camp to serve in a volunteer capacity. The camp aims to provide comprehensive training for welfare personnel. Last year’s camp was held in Sichuan’s city of Ya’an.
At Saturday’s camp, a children’s nature aesthetics educational program and a children’s design thinking educational program were rolled out. The children’s nature aesthetics program developed by C Foundation guides children in learning about nature and inspires them to create or design something using natural elements. Last year, pilot programs were initiated in Ya’an and Shaanxi’s city of Ankang.
The children’s design thinking program developed by Design Society uses Stanford University’s design thinking model as guidance and museum exhibitions as the basis for inspiring children to pay attention to social issues and solve problems using creative thinking. The program was initiated in the No. 1 and No. 4 primary schools of Shenzhen Shekou Yucai Education Group last year.
Founded in 2014, C Foundation was launched by 10 interior designers from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, in a bid to support design talents and education.
In the past five years, the foundation has funded projects including the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Fellowship Program, Chinese Traditional Handicraft Materials Library, Grand Canal Cultural Heritage and Urban Development and Banwan Villagers’ Training in the Ministry of Culture, and Ministry of Education.