6 March 2019 • Editorial
The power of imagination
In the project ‘The power of imagination’ Social Work students research the purpose of meaningfulness in people’s life. At project kick-off more than a hundred students rolled up their sleeves: through a host of workshops on dance, images, theatre and film they expressed the concept of meaningfulness.
At the kick-off students bring an object and share their own experience on the concept of meaningfulness. What meaning does the object have? One student shares that she wears two rings on her fingers that symbolise the loss of a bond with her parents, but it also represents the strength of achieving her goals. Another student shows her headphones and describes what the beauty of music means to her.
Another student explains that moving out of your parents’ house to live on your own was very unusual in her community. This event represents the freedom that her parents have granted her. She says that by living on her own she has broken with social conventions. She finds meaningfulness in developing her talents and being meaningful to others. By choosing the Social Work degree programme she envisions a career that matches her personal goals. After sharing all their personal stories, the students use dance, film, theatre or images to give a creative interpretation to their story.
The Social Work degree programme follows a certain educational concept and ‘the Power of imagination’ is a clear example of this. In experiential learning, personal experiences, awareness and various other forms of expression are connected to the theory. It shows how students at the Hague University of Applied Sciences become professionals who are able to support people, who may be in a vulnerable situation, to further develop themselves in society.