Dec. 14, 2012
-- The New Zealand educational innovator Mr Craig Hansen was in Delhi, India, as the honourable guest of VSPK International School this week. He was in India to share the celebration of the inaugural graduation of 3Di School. Over 4000 parents and students joined the event that included traditional dances from around the world and a demonstration of the creative learning programme developed and delivered through the 3Di School Programme.
Chief Guest was Mr Kapal Sibel, the enormously influential legal mind, recently Education Minister and currently the Minister of Communications and Information Technology in the Indian Government. When describing his vision of a connected future in education he said, “I imagine in the future Mr Hansen could be in New Zealand and delivering his 3Di programme around the world, creating learning without barriers”.
Currently, over 2000 students are studying the 3Di programme that uses artistic & digital media technology to increase both creativity and life-long learning. 3Di is the result of Mr Hansen’s 20+ years of educational leadership in New Zealand, in both the state and private sector. Says Mrs Dolly Jaitly, Principal of VSPK International School, “I appreciate the 3Di programme because if liberates the creativity dwelling in my students and helps bring their dreams into reality. Thanks to Mr Hansen and his team for establishing 3Di in India”.
Currently completing his PhD at the University of Auckland, Mr Hansen saw the opportunity to bring together a global development team, grown from his years of professional development and international networking. “I have been developing a training framework for tertiary institutions so their graduates can enter the creative industries more successfully. During this time I was approached to bring together our experience in art, digital media, creativity, industry preparation and personal development. 3Di is the result and it is more successful than we could have dreamed. With over 2000 present students so far and enrolments for over 9000, through 3Di New Zealand is again taking centre stage at a world level, for its pioneering approach to improving student learning outcomes while embracing new technologies. 3Di is a great example of collaboration and educational innovation.”
3Di School is now in five states in India, with inquiries for partnership coming in daily. The programme involves the professional development of teachers, online learning resources, active deliver of digital media in classrooms and providing students with all the resources they need to pursue their own learning outside of the classroom.
Truly another New Zealand success story in the making.