‘Wait let’s take a selfie!’ With phones in almost everyone’s hand this has become a phrase we constantly hear wherever we go. We may roll our eyes at it, but what if we told you the act of taking a picture actually helps children build important skills?
Tarek M. Y. Abdelraman, General Manager of Customer Satisfaction at Nikon MEA, explains: “Photography is a unique artform that can prove to be hugely beneficial for children in their growing years. It helps to enhance their skill sets, as it has proven to augment creative abilities and increase focus. As children learn to focus more with the camera, they start becoming more aware and observant of their surroundings. This boosts their attentiveness in the classroom, enabling better learning. Photography is becoming a new common language of expression and description that is much faster to illustrate and communicate, and more precise to explain.
“That’s why we don’t just make products that enable better photography, we believe in growing photography as a skill and passion that can greatly benefit holistic growth. Early exposure to learning this skill will enable children to build on it as they grow to see the world with a broad perspective. This thought process led us to collaborate with schools to help young minds bloom with creativity.”
Nikon has worked with more than 10,000 students across schools like Global Indian International School (GIIS), Amity School, Al Sadiq Islamic English School, Nord Anglia School, Regent International School, Sunmarke School, Kent College, and Dubai Autism Centre.
Ramesh Mudgal, Principal at GIIS Dubai, commented: “GIIS lays immense emphasis on providing top-notch intellectual, social, and academic growth opportunities for its students. We understand that education and self-expression go hand-in-hand and play a major role in helping a child’s growth and development. Not wanting to measure creative skills against any pre-set criteria, the Nikon classes are meant to simply enhance every student’s creativity, confidence, and focus. It helps them express themselves better and develop visual perception.”