Passion Projects are an exciting rite of passage for Year 8 girls at Selwyn House. In 2018, the girls were charged with using their passions to help solve some of the world’s “wicked problems” with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as the framework.
Evie Johnson connected with SDG #4- Quality Education; she felt strongly that children in refugee camps should have access to education. Evie utilised her passion for creative writing to write a series of haiku from the perspective of a refugee. She then crafted images to accompany these haiku and screen printed them on to a collection of stunning teatowels. The tea towels sold out in a very short period of time enabling Evie to raise over $1500 for UNICEF.
At the conclusion of the year-long project, Evie wrote to a woman who inspires her – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Recently, she was thrilled to receive a personalised reply from Jacinda herself. Jacinda even mentioned that she had run a haiku competition when she was at school!