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At Begawan Learning Centre, the ethos of progressive education is embodied through thematic programs that foster interdisciplinary learning. Dwellings exemplifies this approach, offering students an exploration of residential architecture, both local, and global. Throughout the theme, students are immersed in hands-on activities designed to deepen their understanding of various types of dwellings and the intricate processes involved in their construction.

Unveiling the Diversity of Residential Architecture

From traditional Balinese homes to contemporary structures worldwide, students engage in scrutinising diverse categories of residential architecture. Through research and experiential learning, they uncover the cultural, philosophical, and practical aspects of different housing models. This approach not only broadens their knowledge but also encourages critical thinking and cultural appreciation.

Dwellings - 01 - feb 2024
Delivering a presentation before the class to enhance their self-confidence in themselves and their work

Fostering Collaboration and Inquiry-Based Learning

Central to Dwellings is a student-centric approach that emphasises collaboration and inquiry-based learning. Armed with tablets for digital research, students delve into the intricacies of housing design, materials, and construction techniques. Through presentations and group discussions, they share their findings, fostering a dynamic exchange of ideas and perspectives.

From Miniature Construction to Real-World Understanding

Hands-on activities form the backbone of Dwellings, allowing students to construct miniatures of houses using various media and materials. From laying foundations to interior design, students gain practical insights into the sequential processes involved in building dwellings. Through activities such as soil compaction, concrete casting, plumbing, flooring, and roofing, they develop an understanding of construction methods and techniques.

Dwellings - 02 - feb 2024
Everyone in the group has a role and responsibility

Empathy, Responsibility, and Global Engagement in Dwellings Theme

Beyond technical skills, Dwellings encompasses social and environmental issues, such as water scarcity, refugee issues, and housing crises. By contextualising their learning within real-world challenges, students develop empathy and a sense of responsibility towards global issues. Through engagement with activities like the Melaspas Ceremony and discussions on sustainability, they cultivate a connection to their surroundings and the communities they inhabit.

Dwellings - 03 - feb 2024
Preparation is always our initial step before embarking on a project

Building Beyond Textbooks: Holistic Learning in Dwellings 

In essence, Dwellings at Begawan Learning Centre exemplifies the power of thematic education to nurture holistic understanding, critical thinking, and empathy in students. By integrating diverse disciplines and fostering hands-on exploration, the theme equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate an increasingly complex world. Through their journey in exploring the world of dwellings, students emerge not only as informed citizens but also as stewards of their environment and communities.

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