'Unicourse: A Journey of Self-Awareness', is designed for and with Hong Kong Pei Miao Educational Public Welfare Institution, as an innovative life education tool designed for teenagers to empower future generations.
Adolescents undergo profound physical and psychological changes in a world that's evolving at breakneck speed. Life education is essential for their healthy growth and future success, especially for those in remote areas who often suffer from self-doubt and a limited worldview.
Unicourse is a puzzle card set designed as a life education tool. It empowers self-exploration by discarding self-perspective in a peer supportive way. With ten pairs of wooden puzzle pieces, each representing positive traits, students work together to find positive characters for each other and explore other positive complementary "personality trait" for themselves. This journey leads to the exploration and expansion of their inner qualities, talents and strengths, which celebrates diversity, inspires them to gain confidence and achieve their full potential with peer support.
The central idea of life education is to "respect the lives of others and oneself," helping individuals understand the essence of life, comprehend its significance, and create its value in society, the family, and the country. Adolescents undergo profound physical and psychological changes in a rapidly evolving world, and life education is crucial for their healthy development and future success. To help high school students initiate critical thinking about life, we need to find a point of contact that will enable them to see the relevance in their lives. Students from economically disadvantaged high schools in mountainous areas lack confidence and self-esteem and rarely acknowledge, explore, or uncover their strengths. Our proposal is to help high school students explore themselves through concrete visualization in the short term, thereby cultivating self-confidence and courage. In the long run, it will help them break the limitations of self-awareness, become braver in self-exploration, and enjoy exploring their future, establishing a connection between the present and the future and exploring the meaning and value of life.
Solution: We design a puzzle card set that empower self-exploration by discarding self-perspective in a peer supportive way. Students work together to find positive characters for each other and explore other positive complementary "personality trait" for themselves.This journey leads to the exploration and expansion of their inner qualities, talents and strengths, which celebrates diversity, inspires them to gain confidence and achieve their full potential with peer support.
Components: It consists of 10 pairs of wooden puzzle pieces, each colored differently and with a unique positive and complementary "personality trait" written on them. In addition, each puzzle piece contains a small "Me" card in the center.
Other teaching aids:
Possibility Card which remains blank for DIY,students can write trait theirselves, and Insight Card which is as a prolong reminder.
Process: Choose cards that contain traits their partner has but they don't. Discuss and share their experiences with the chosen traits, which enhances their self-awareness. Remove their "ME" card, separating their identity from particular attributes to obtain a more comprehensive examination of themselves. Use color-coded fronts and animal symbols on the reverse of the card to find their complementary strengths, leading to a more positive outlook and a clearer path to growth. The "ME" card is placed into a new card, which facilitates a "self-reconstruction." Upon completion of the matching cards, a complete picture puzzle is formed, whose back matches the game's background design. This creation represents "self-diversity" and "limitless possibilities."
Through concrete visualization, complex issues are broken down and presented to students in a more easily understandable and interesting manner. This enhances the experiential and interactive learning process and helps students establish connections and develop the ability to think critically. Peer-to-peer support promotes communication and provides an opportunity for adolescents to express themselves. By creating a link between the present and future, long-term sustainable life education is achieved.
Benefits and Significance:
By helping teenagers break free from the painful realization of "I don't have this attribute" or "I lack this," through the process of "breaking down and reconstructing themselves," we offer them a more open-minded perspective and a direction that better suits themselves. This provides more options for them to understand themselves and find confidence. It allows them to realize that, like every species, every individual possesses unique qualities and characteristics that make them special. Ultimately, it achieves long-term sustainable life education between the present and the future.