It’s been more than three months already that ELI Africa started its Visual Arts classes at its Roche Bois ELI Center. Dhanisha Geerdharry joins us to talk about how her passion is revolutionizing the concept of education in Mauritius.
“Through my classes, I’ve been able to know my students better and to create a bond with them”, says Dhanisha when asked about how the success of her project. “They are now more focused in their works and I can also perceive a sense of competition among them. This is good as it shows that they are striving hard to give their best.”
According to Dhanisha, the Visual Art classes have allowed the students to discover their passion for painting and to identify techniques and strategies to adopt to paint and draw. “Some students are really good at drawing and they have a great sense of observation”, she adds. However, she points out that due to the heavy and competitive school curriculum the students are unable to pursue their passion and they have not been initiated into the real thing. Unfortunately this does not ensure the holistic development of the child and this kills the very essence of education.
Recently, Dhanisha taught the students how to use the palette knife to create a background and hence, a painting. In the coming months, the class will be made more interesting and students will be encouraged to participate in outdoor activities. What’s fun about these activities is that the children will neither use pencil nor paintbrush during these activities. They will be shown how to play with colors while using special techniques to create beautiful designs on paper.
Dhanisha is currently collecting the paintings made by the students. She hopes to hold an exhibition soon where the parents will be invited to appreciate the work of their ward.