Outdoor Learning for Sustainability

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What are the foundations of our course?

Three great principles underpin our course and learning.

Firstly, nature provides a model for a sustainable system upon which humans depend for survival.

Secondly, current trends in human development are unsustainable and in danger of irreversibly damaging nature and us.

Thirdly, many human actions are driven by values which increase harm to the natural world and these need to change if we are to adapt and thrive.

We are living in times where human-made linear systems need radical change if humanity is to prosper. We continue to seriously undermine nature’s ability to maintain and regenerate the resources required to satisfy the lifestyles of the 21st century. We need new solutions to the challenges created by us i.e. global warning and climate change, the depletion of fertile soil and deforestation, and human impacts on the global water cycle. We also need to challenge the values that have driven humanity’s decision making in the past 100 years and offer different values which support our ability to bring about positive change.

Education plays a vital role supporting and empowering young people to create and implement new solutions by reconnecting them to the natural world. By discovering how nature solves a myriad of problems through circular thinking and by applying nature’s 3.8 billion years of experience in creating sustainable systems, young people get an inspiring vision of how to build a sustainable future.

The experience we are sharing …

The outdoor classroom provides a wealth of opportunities to engage pupils in hands-on learning. Learning outside the classroom has the aim of improving students’ knowledge of a subject and to develop skills, values and personal development which are vital elements of students learning and achievement.

This course draws on over 12 years of European project experience. Participants will gain from recent pan-European projects including:

Lessons from Nature (LfN) asks what sort of future young people would like to live in and how this preferred future can be made reality. It challenges traditional assumptions about how things are made, economies managed and lives lived. LfN presents opportunities to learn outside the classroom. First-hand experience helps to inspire discovery and foster real understanding in relation to insights from nature that can be applied to the modern world.

Real World Learning Network (RWL) explores and shares successful approaches to outdoor learning that increase action for sustainable development. We believe that outdoor learning offers one of the best approaches for young people to engage with the world around them, and provides a stimulating context to explore how we can all contribute to a more sustainable present and future.

Green Entrepreneurs Europe (GEE) brings together the twin necessities of a green economy and increased entrepreneurship that provides meaningful jobs and restores our natural wealth. GEE marries an understanding of the natural world with the skills for entrepreneurship. The natural world is a model for sustainability; it is both a mentor and measure. By learning the principles that make nature sustainable, we can apply the same principles towards entrepreneurship to create new opportunities that meet Europe’s need for a circular economy.

Urban Science is delivering a means to teach pupils how science can develop solutions for sustainable cities, motivating them to view the positive benefits of science to the urban environment. Urban Science focuses on how science can develop solutions to urban issues, so motivating students to view the positive benefits of science to the urban environment.

Participants will learn how these projects have created innovative resources for schools and experience how to implement them in their own school. All resources are provided free of charge and in a range of languages.

By the end of this course you will have taken part in a range of practical activities as well as shared good practice with other teachers, and gained a new toolkit of ideas to inspire your students.

The course is for all teachers with a passion for learning outside the classroom; and is suitable to teachers of science, engineering and technology (STEM) and geography, entrepreneurship and economy, ethics and philosophy.

The course will take place at locations in Bulgaria. Participants will have the unique opportunity to be part of the local urban and countryside lifestyles and explore the beautiful surrounding natural environment.

Organisateur du cours
Ecosystem Europe Association

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16.10.2022 > 22.10.2022 (Confirmé)
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