The Beauty of The Circle Connection is that the recipient is also the giver. (Hence the circle.) Each participant experiences the complete process. No one gets a shirt without creating one and vice-versa. What we are running is much more that a pen-pal program using shirts and video. It is a true creative collaboration. By developing their own creative story and then receiving that of their peers the children are better able to appreciate their own artistic abilities alongside those of people they’ve never met face to face. The Circle Connection brings into play numerous elements of the self and the other at an early enough age to be formative for the children involved.
What stands out the most are the similarities. We’d be hard pressed to find two more different environments than Park Slope, Brooklyn and Labadi Town, Accra. Yet I was struck by the similar way in which the children depicted their story. Many students showed their favorite places and activities. They used symbols relatable in any environment to create their own unique landscape.
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