Haringey Community Press

Haringey Community Press

From a little spruce, big trees grow

Why Haringey’s young people need to focus on innovative learning

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3D pen print Credit: Bee Veronica Moore
By Bee Veronica Moore 15 March 2022

Children are the heart of our communities − teach them well and they will thrive and pass on what they’ve learned to future generations.Children are the heart of our communities − teach them well and they will thrive and pass on what they’ve learned to future generations.

Encouraging and nurturing young creative minds and design talent is what I love to do best, it’s how I became a designer myself.Encouraging and nurturing young creative minds and design talent is what I love to do best, it’s how I became a designer myself.

I was inspired at an early age by a school trip to a design agency in central London, which was organised by an inspirational teacher; from that moment on, I knew what I wanted to be.I was inspired at an early age by a school trip to a design agency in central London, which was organised by an inspirational teacher; from that moment on, I knew what I wanted to be.

That school trip changed my life. Now I want to do the same for others. My goal is to spark an interest and a lifelong passion for art, design and tech among Tottenham’s young people.That school trip changed my life. Now I want to do the same for others. My goal is to spark an interest and a lifelong passion for art, design and tech among Tottenham’s young people.

I want to pass on my many years of design experience to the next generation of young designers and little tech-heads.I want to pass on my many years of design experience to the next generation of young designers and little tech-heads.

Kids today live in a world where smartphones, computer games, and smart systems are a part of their daily lives. They use them every day, yet often don’t even know that these creative industries exist, and that this is a world they can be part of, as the designers of the future. The world around them is changing drastically and parents and schools in Haringey need to change with it − so far change has been slow.Kids today live in a world where smartphones, computer games, and smart systems are a part of their daily lives. They use them every day, yet often don’t even know that these creative industries exist, and that this is a world they can be part of, as the designers of the future. The world around them is changing drastically and parents and schools in Haringey need to change with it − so far change has been slow.

I hope organisations like mine will eventually be integrated into primary schools, and that teaching 3D design and tech will be a part of the curriculum from as early an age as possible.I hope organisations like mine will eventually be integrated into primary schools, and that teaching 3D design and tech will be a part of the curriculum from as early an age as possible.

It’s been proven that STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, Maths) careers give children opportunities to break out of poverty, offering them a leg-up into this brand new technologically led economy.It’s been proven that STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, Maths) careers give children opportunities to break out of poverty, offering them a leg-up into this brand new technologically led economy.

STEAM education helps students develop critical thinking while having fun. It’s the development of critical thinking that will be so important to them when being employed in the modern post-pandemic digital world that’s available to them.STEAM education helps students develop critical thinking while having fun. It’s the development of critical thinking that will be so important to them when being employed in the modern post-pandemic digital world that’s available to them.

Schools and practitioners like me just need to plant the seeds and help them grow.Schools and practitioners like me just need to plant the seeds and help them grow.

Witty Ditty Designs’ weekly after school Kidz Art & Tech run in the Marcus Garvey Library, every Tuesday, 4–6pm in term times. Witty Ditty Designs’ weekly after school Kidz Art & Tech run in the Marcus Garvey Library, every Tuesday, 4–6pm in term times.