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At the height of the pandemic in 2020, we made a huge bet: that maker spaces were the prime example of self-directed, hands-on learning, even when they were forced to operate remotely. This story about New York's BEAM Centre's collaboration with Albanian youth community centre Uzina is proving us right...
"The classroom was always an environment of frustration, fear and anxiety - a place that stripped me of the freedom to make my own choices and become my own person. I need breaks. Nature. Hands-on contact with people. Experiences. I learn by failing and talking and observing."
"A completely remote learning environment can work but for me personally I would not enjoy it. You are not applying your skills... Getting to know your place, presenting back to the community. I would not be as involved with my learning."
"Many challenges still exist around digitising a social experience like teaching and guaranteeing deep and equitable learning for all. However, through trial and error, schools find important opportunities to set new standards for enriched and relevant out-of-school, lifelong learning." Gaia Ines Fassò, EdSurge