My World allows us to look at the world through the eyes of a child, living in resettlement housing schemes in northern Sri Lanka. It offers the children the possibility to express, how they want their environment to look like. This gives an insight in their needs and wishes.
The project strives to encourage the children’s creativity and ability to “draw” an image of their future and it works as an evaluation tool, to let us understand what is missing between the bricks and concrete of their new homes.
“My World” aspires cooperations with local educational institutions, giving students the opportunity to try out and prove their skills. Seeking to empower the local community.
Photo cameras will be given to the children living in the housing schems. They are asked to take photos of their environment – their homes, streets, school, community centre, temple etc.
The photos will be printed out large scale.
The children will draw over the prints expressing how they would like the scene to
look like. Adding things to or erasing things from the print.
An evaluation team, comprising of students of the MRTC, Media Resources and
Training Center Jaffna will give a summary and interpretation of the outcome.
Students of the Fine Art Institute at University of Jaffna, together with the children
will pick some details of the children’s drawings. Those images will be drawn in large scale on different murals in the village – at private houses, the school, the community center the shop, abandoned houses etc.
In an exhibition at the the school and at MRTC the drawings will be made public to the local community and the evaluation team will present their insights.