The “Endless Dreams Project”, focuses on how special children express and share their dreams through arts, to make them feel appreciated. Special children, are victims of bullying in school who are being underestimated for what they are capable of. These are just a few social problems that children with special needs are facing. It is saddening to see and think who some people that are capable of understanding their situation can cause or might be the reason of their downside in life and make them feel out cast. They might be different, but they are not a mistake as what they are labeled by the society. Imagine if we could just be a little more understanding, respectful, patient, and appreciate of what they can contribute to the community. Let us give them a chance to share their dreams in life.
The subject Arts and Humanities under Mr. Ronie M. Protacio, our Professor from University of Makati, MA in Education Major in Instructional Media & Design, required us to do a group action project that focusses on an issue that we will try to address through a community project using creativity, arts and humanities.
To be able to attain this, the “Endless Dreams Project” conducted this project on 12th of September 2018 on Center for Excellence in Special Education (Stepping Stone) Foundation, Inc. located at Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City. The proponents of the said project were four (4), BS Psychology students from University of Makati. The venue was recommended of one of the teacher at Stepping Stone, Ms. Hanna Grace De Vera. We started our activities with dancing, led by Mica R. Manalos & Cathleen M. Oyao, followed by a short video clip, and the children were guided by the Teachers for their art activities. Sharing of stories behind their drawing were excellent because they were able to express themselves through their artworks despite of their disabilities. At the end of the session, they were given rewards & art materials provided by the members, with the help of Daisy Pingki-an.
This project deepens our understanding and awareness of the real situation of children with special needs. The experience was priceless and taught us to be more appreciative and loving. Truly these exceptional children inspired us a lot.