Children in Permaculture
Start date: Sep 1, 2015,
End date: Aug 31, 2018
Permaculture is a holistic design system based on an ethical framework of caring for the earth, the people and using only a fair share of resources. Children in Permaculture (CiP) is a unique, highly innovative project based on a genuine needs analysis about how to teach those values to children from an early age.
We have carefully selected an enthusiastic and dedicated team to take forward our application, some of whom have worked together in EU projects, and some have never met before, and yet have found over the last few months developing this project, how well they work together. With NGO partners from Romania, UK, Slovenia, Italy and Czech Republic, a UK state school and a kindergarten & after-school centre in Romania - the diversity which we bring will enable the CiP partnership to blossom and bring quality fruits to the education table.
The CiP partners will engage a variety of organisations to improve the education of children in formal, non-formal and informal learning through the development of Children in Permaculture Best Practices Resources which will enable school and kindergarten teachers, leaders, parents and other educators to engage in a holistic, sustainable education with the children they are working with.
The specific objectives are:
1. To identify, develop and test CiP best practices resources (curricula, lesson plans, activities and other resources) with 17+ educators of children aged 3-12 years in the 5 partner countries.
2. To improve competences and skills in outdoor permaculture education, intercultural awareness and sustainability of up to 150 school and kindergarten teachers/assistants.
3. To engage up to 250 children aged 3-6 years and 250 children 7-12 years in the 5 partners countries in opportunities to learn about the environment, climate change and sustainability.
4. To consolidate and disseminate the CiP best practices to 250 educators in the 5 partner countries and to educators throughout the EU with freely available online resources.
5. To establish a European Children in Permaculture Network with 1000 educators throughout Europe.
We will create an online platform which will include a web front page with a user-friendly database to host CiP best practice resources. Then we will research existing resources about teaching permaculture to children aged 3-12 years, our findings will be published in a research paper also freely available online.
All the partners will take many photographs and short videos, write up their experience of sharing permaculture with children which will be published in case studies, and we will create a short film to enthuse and motivate others to follow our examples.
17 experienced permaculture educators will be trained to share their knowledge and skills with children and teachers. They will train up to 150 primary and kindergarten teachers to embed permaculture ethics, principles & methods in their learning environments using the CiP Best Practices Resources created.
The 17 educators will develop and test CiP curricula, lesson plans, activities, handouts for children in key stages 1 and 2 which will be replicable throughout the EU, and make them available on the online platform. Other educators globally will be able to download and test these resources, give feedback, and suggest improvements, resulting in a long-term culture of learning, sharing, and improving with our online platform. We will directly engage up to 500 children in outdoor permaculture learning, with many more learning from the resources which we share.
The European Children in Permaculture Network which we create will connect 1000 people and enable them to share best practice, news, events etc. High quality of resources and a strong international community of educators will support the spreading and evolving of the knowledge and skills after the funding finishes.
The impacts of this project will be diverse and long-lasting and may include:
*strengthening the education & training paths of educators
*providing high quality learning opportunities to educators and children
*enhancing the quality of early childhood education and care (ECEC)
*increasing fresh air and exercise
*deepened understanding of ecology & natural science through direct experience with it
*stimulating all of the multiple intelligences
*deeper connection to and understanding of nature and nature’s patterns and systems
*greater awareness of different people, including their cultures and traditions
*improved knowledge and skills to act in ways which promote care for selves and other people, contributing to a cohesive society
*better understanding of the environmental consequences of one’s actions, and
*improving physical and mental health
Through this project we will be moving towards a future in which all humans are living in harmony with each other and nature, and all children can access an education based upon the ethics of earth care, people care and fair share.
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