Joosua Kuusela, Arkki pupil, 18 years, Finland
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Arkki program develops Innovation Skills
Since architecture is intrinsically interdisciplinary, creative education through architecture is an exceptional discipline to develop key competencies like the “5C´s” – complex problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.
Arkki program fosters design thinking and enhances the essential higher-order thinking skills needed for the future world of work. Arkki´s exceptional pedagogical concepts inspire children to learn playfully through cross-curricular, phenomenon-based and hands-on 3D experimentation projects. Play, Create, Succeed is Arkki´s motto.
Architecture offers endless possibilities in being the big A in STEAM education and holistically intertwining science, technology, engineering, mathematics and arts through Architecture. Arkki pedagogical program develops three dimensional and design thinking skills and evokes the imagination and creativity in children and youth.
Arkki´s creative education gives children new capacities, means and mediums to influence the creation of our future environment, no matter what their occupation will be.
The program has been developed by Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth in Finland for 26 years and can be licensed through Arkki International.
In addition to the long-term program, Arkki also offers workshops, camps, educational visits, social innovation projects and collaborates with international organizations.
Arkki International has received multiple awards and nominations. Recently it has been shortlisted for the prestigious WISE 2020 awards for its impactful and innovative approach to education and has won the UNICEF CFCI2019 Inspire Award in the category "Meaningful Child Participation".
During COVID lockdown, Arkki wanted to do its part by launching and adapting for home use a selection of free creative Arkki@home hands-on online projectsto support curiosity, creativity, and innovation. The projects are available in 8 languages and have impacted children from 43 countries.
Arkki has developed as well English Creative Classroom, a complete pedagogical program on creativity for schools to enhance 21st-century skills such as creative thinking.