To observe the International Day of Peace 2011 which takes place on September 21st every year, the Independent Learning Centre at RAK Men’s College welcomed over 100 students who joined in with making origami cranes with their teachers, ILC staff and math faculty Yuki Pellerine.
The students also worked with members of the RAK community – Toshie Dahlgerg, Junko McDonald, Akiko Cleaver, Ikko Maddox and Akiko Quinn – who were invited to share their origami-making skills.
The 1000 origami cranes have become a symbol of World Peace; with Japanese children learn to do origami from a very young age. RAK Foundations students proved their ability to listen, watch and follow instructions with colourful results. Over a period of 3 hours, approximately 300 cranes were made and these are now on display in the College’s ILC. Traditionally, 25 lengths of 40 cranes each would make up the display.
Foundations teacher Monika Lobocka said: “This is a great way for the new students to bond.”
Christine Champion, who attended with her Level 4 students, was impressed at her students’ ability to understand the quite complex language used.
“They enjoyed it because it was difficult and the students liked teaching each other how to do the origami,” she said.
Kevin Lim agreed, adding: “I saw many students persisting, and finally being able to make beautiful paper cranes. It’s great to challenge students in this way.”
Ali Abdulla Ali Rashed Ali Bin Ali, a returning Foundations student said: “It is interesting to hear what people from other cultures do on Peace Day and I enjoyed making the paper crane.”