The World on a Child's Drawing has grown out to be a full-seize project: We exhibit the drawings, have
conversations with groups of children about what the world looks like and how other children will live in
other parts of the world. The children then tell in their drawings about themselves and their world/country
and add a greeting and a smile in the hope that their drawing will be received well by the children
somewhere, far away.
Children in over 50 countries participated in our project. While we still have drawings which were made to
be exchanged (and because we love to do this), we will be taking them along again to Siberia.
| Visit to the Rozengaardsweide primary school
"You will see yourself. It's a very charming group." Schoolmaster Roy of the Rozengaardsweide primay
school in Hengelo, informed us in advance about the children. He didn't say too much. Just like the children
we had longed for this moment. We were happy to go on and to tell the children about our project.
The first thing to discuss was the journey around the world, we've commenced from 1996 till 2001. We also
tell about the kids who've made drawings for us and in this way, told us about themselves. Drawings from
approximately 50 countries are hanging on the wall and the blackboard, three among them are from Holland.
One was made in 1995 by a pupil from the Julianaschool in Leerda. This drawing has travelled with us some
225.000 Kilometres. Another was made three years later by an apprentice from the Montessorischool in
Amsterdam. At that particular time, we were on the road in South Africa. The editors of the NRC Handelsblad,
responsible for children's section, have send us a box full of children's drawings.
First we ask the children to think of the world and how it actually looks to them. The kids in group eight
believe there is probably some flora and plant growth in the desert. They've never considered the fact some
children, who reside in the desert, have never seen a rainbow in their entire life. It's also funny to them
that having a roof above your head is not the most important thing to have in life for these desert people.
Later on we start to talk about Russia and Siberia. The immense country we're going to visit this time.
How will it be over there in winter time?
Of course it's much more fun to talk than to draw. We've showed the kids our special boots and suits. We
comprehend it must be so cold in Siberia, it can be dangerous to take a leak outside in the bushes. There
isn't only the danger of an attack by bears and wolves, but the urine will freeze before it reach the
ground. "That can make a great slide!" comments one of the kids. We also show them our motorbikes. Rob
tells them about the bikes and explains how they work. It's very enjoyable with the kids but time flies
when you're having fun.
"If you promise to have the drawings ready by Tuesday we stay a little longer now" I say while looking at
Roy. Luckily he agrees and today all the drawings were finished. They better be, because we're looking
forward to start our journey to Russia soon!