Artists in Creative Education Part 2

Behbud School, Habib Girls School, Karachi High School, St. Josephs School


with  Hamida Khatri, Hassan Mustafa, Cyrus Vicaji, Fazal Rizvi, Sausan Saulat, Taqi Shaheen, Yaminay Chaudhri and Zahra Malkani

‘Creative Partnerships’, as the project is named, began in the UK in 1998, where until 2011 the programme was run in over 10% of the schools in the country. Academics, researchers and official inspection boards tracking the development of the programme (in the UK and internationally) have confirmed the efficacy of the Creative Partnerships model in terms of activating students’ learning, even students who were initially resistant to the educational process and the ‘least interested’ in their studies. This programme increases students’ interest in their learning while it has also been proven to improve grades and school-wide league performance in general. Since 2011, CCE have been working to establish the model internationally and are currently working with Governments, foundations and independent organisations in countries including Pakistan, Vietnam, Lithuania and Norway.


Recognizing the power of creativity within the learning process and to preparing students for a modern workplace that is becoming increasingly unstable, the CCE model places creative practitioners within schools for a period of time in order to develop the application of creative practices (art, drama, design, music, creative writing, photography, filmmaking, etc.) within the teaching of the curriculum. Creative learning can enhance our teaching of mathematics and science, for example, while it can also generate a peaceful and collaborative environment for children to learn. At the same time creative learning allows students to learn how to think outside the box and develop independent thought and problem-solving capacities, qualities essential to the modern economic environment. Creative activity is therefore not considered to be separate to the academic process within this model; instead creative work is of intrinsic value to education and teaching and therefore to our wider economic and social progress.


The success of CCE’s earlier Artists in Creative Education Birmingham/Pakistan project led to the development of a CP program in Karachi, Pakistan, in partnership with the artists collective, VASL. In 2014 Vasl in collaboration with CCE, launched the second phase of their pilot project in Karachi Pakistan. In total, 7 artists including Cyrus Vicaji, Yaminay Chaudhri, Taqi Shaheen, Sausan Saulat, Zahra Malkani, Hamida Khatri and Fazal Rizvi were placed in seven different schools – Karachi High School, Behbud Girls and Boys Secondary School (Shireen Jinnah), Behbud Primary and Secondary School (Kalapul), Kiran School System (Lyari), Al- Murtaza School, Habib Public School- to conduct creative workshops based on various school challenges. CCE’s work has included the provision of training for artists and teachers, as well as developing relationships with key institutions and private individuals with a view to identifying funding for a more systemic intervention across a greater number of schools.

This workshop culminated in a collective exhibition of the, collaborative project between Vasl and CCE, ‘Creative Partnerships Project 2014′ in June 2014 at the FOMMA DHA Art Centre, Karachi. Video and art made by children from 7 different schools within Karachi were on display.