Believing that environmental consciousness should be cultivated at an early age, Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative has designed an innovative educational program for schools in Greece and abroad. PCAI Junior, created in the summer of 2017, constitutes an educational platform that enables students to understand critical, ecological issues that affect their place of residence.
The platform is based on experiential learning games that take place indoors and outdoors of the school, allowing children to learn through play. The activities, taking place within the framework of the platform, are location based enabling students to recognize the threats of their area of residence and develop environmental awareness. More specifically, the children are initially asked to study and comprehend an environmental threat, then to propose a solution and, finally, to capture their ideas in a short film.
Moving image is the primary medium to capture this process as it constitutes one of PCAI Collection’s basic media. The final outcome of this process, i.e. the short film, becomes part of PCAI’s moving image archive, forming a global ecological, short film collection made by children for children.
PCAI’s educational programme has been implemented in Greece, Mauritious, Oman, the Athens Science Festival, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center and so on. It has received numerous awards (ISWA conference 2018, Corporate Art Awards 2018, Bravo 2019 etc.) whereas its animated films have traveled to various international film festivals and cultural institutions.
To watch the trailers of the PCAI Junior videos and to find out more about its forthcoming programmes in Greece and abroad follow the links:
*Image Credits: PCAI Junior Educational Program at Geitonas School, 2017