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Teaspoon of Light

Christchurch Earthquake Recovery

Teaspoon of Light was developed in Christchurch schools following and during the ongoing earthquakes and aftershocks from 2012-2015. 

Part of the broader Te Rito Toi program for supporting children returning to school after a disaster, this unit of work centres on the story of a little girl who finds that her cloth of dreams has been torn. Using drama, dance and visual arts approaches the children help the little girl restore her cloth of dreams and her hopes for a better world.

The work is based on an interactive arts workshop for children, which simultaneously trains teachers to use arts processes to reengage children in their learning as they return to school. By accessing the power of the arts, it is designed to build resilience and coping strengths as the children return to school after the earthquakes. 

Teaspoon of Light was developed by Professor Peter O’Connor.


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