Outdoor education and how to educate students' life skills
The course will be organized in Lagos/Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 7 days. At request, people having a grant for 5 days can join only the first 5 days of the course. In case there are people having a grant for more than 7 days we have the possibility to extend the programme to maximum 10 days (depending on the number of people having more than 7 days granted).
The course is aimed to train the teachers on how to organize outdoor teaching and learning activities in the nature, both for the benefit of human being and of the nature. The course is based on the results of the research of the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) that concluded that students combining the earning in the nature with the traditional learning in the classroom have far better school results than the students learning only in the traditional way, in the classroom. The course is appropriate for teachers at any level, of any subject, head teachers, school inspectors, school counsellors, decision makers in the field of education, trainers.
The final course title is to be announced only to the participants in the course (people having the grant approved and registered based on a final registration form provided by the course organisers), as it will be adapted to their needs and to the objectives of the projects the participants receive the grant from. Moreover, each course is unique, as it is adapted also to the novelties in education, to the background & level of education the participants teach/train at (in case the participants come from the education area) and/or to the background of the participants (in case the participants come from the labour market or business area). It is also possible that more topics will be combined in each session, in order to create a course adapted to the participants' needs. Nevertheless, the final course title will include the key words mentioned in this title.
For logistic and organisational reasons, all the participants will be accommodated in the same hotel chosen by the course organiser, the rooms will be booked by the course organiser and the participants will pay the equivalent amount by using the grant for individual costs received from their National Agencies.
All the participants in the training course will have breakfast together, in the same hotel where they are accommodated and where also the meeting rooms are located.
The course fee is the standard amount of 70 Eur per person per day. For organisational costs directly linked with the implementation of mobility activities, as well as monitoring and support during mobility each participant has to pay a fee of 85 Euro for the whole course, amount that will be paid by using the grant received from the participants' NAs for organisational costs.
The course fee and the organisational costs are to be paid by bank transfer, before the course starts, to a limit date established by the course organiser.
The local travel during the course is to be organised by the participants on their own, based on the advices given by the course organiser in this respect.
"By taking part in the lessons we were taught in the course time, the students can gain a lot of life skills, such as: tolerance, respect the diversity, creativity. I also understood that it is very important to use the natural resources without exhausting them, by being careful that also the next generations will benefit from all that the nature can offer. All the course activities were not only interesting, but also very useful for me, giving the opportunity to see good practice examples for sustainable development. " (Irina Vinturis, Romania)
"For me, as a biology teacher, the good practice examples of teaching taught in the course made a big influence because we had activities really focused on science. By using the methods we used in the course, the student will be encouraged to be the person he/she really is. Playing is not dangerous; play is relaxing and fun and the students can become more self confident by using it in learning. We took part in a lot of lessons connecting environmental issues, climate change, human rights and development of life skills. I have now a larger view to these issues and I will share what I have seen and my learning by doing experiences in my school. I think the most important is to respect the nature and to take from the nature only the amount of resources we need and leave the most of them to the new generations by farming organic and by using gently the nature." (Paivi Piukkula, Finland)
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