Encouraging Creativity for Underprivileged Children

Posted on August 16, 2017

Creativity is the capacity to innovate and think of new ideas, which can be cultivated through the arts, play and imagination as creative tools, as well as mediums of expression. If creativity has no limits, why then should the ability to develop the skill be available to certain individuals only?

For some, access to colouring materials or playing with musical instruments might come as a norm but there is also a group of children and youth that are growing up under unfortunate circumstances and do not have the exposure to these tools.

With this in mind, Pusat Kreatif Kanak-Kanak Tuanku Bainun (PKK Tuanku Bainun), which was set up in 1989, aims to provide for these underprivileged children and youth by creating a safe haven and offering opportunities to explore and develop their creativity skills through their Alam Kreatif programme.

“It is a hub for the young ones where they can come and experience meaningful activities, which is complimentary to the school curriculum,” says Raja Mazlena binti Raja Aziz, General Manager for PKK Tuanku Bainun.

In addition to opening its doors for children and youth to come together and learn, the centre also continues to reach out to the community of underprivileged by visiting orphanages and shelters. One of PKK Tuanku Bainun’s long term visions is to create a network and support budding individuals who are keen to pursue a journey in the arts.

In conjunction with Hari Hasanah, staff of PKK Tuanku Bainun plans to visit Rumah Kebajikan Peribadi Mulia, where 66 young people will be able to enjoy a special day filled with fun activities including puppet making and treats.

Creativity is not just for artists, but an attitude that can be applied to everyday life. Through its multiple approaches, PKK Tuanku Bainun hopes to encourage creative thinking and innovation by organising activities relating to music and dance, cooking, public speaking, craft making, just to name a few.

“We hope to bring them to the next level by bridging the gap and connecting their interest with a path ahead,” Raja Mazlena said.