It’s been continuously claimed that education is the key to many of this world’s current and numerous issues. But how can education positively impact individuals, masses, entire nations, if many educational systems around the world are defectuous? Today, nearly 17% of the world’s adult population is still not literate; two thirds of them women, making gender equality even harder to achieve (UNESCO, 2016). This does not only affect the personal, needless to say, the professional development of individuals, but it also affects their close environment, and to a larger scale, the planet.
In recent years, alternatives to the mainstream educational systems started being considered around the world. One of our favourites is the ‘Forest School’. Dating back to the 1950s Denmark, this outdoor education philosophy is built on the concept of education as ‘a child based process’. This alternative has started to be adopted by schools in the US (mostly in the state of Ohio) and the UK, and seems to be very promising for the generations to come.
‘Forest School is very much a child-led process where the child identifies what they’re interested in, what they want to do. The role of the teachers is to observe. It’s a place where children can be free to do things independently, and as a team … Across the world, everyone is worried about children’s lack of engagement with nature, about obesity, about changing climate, and all of these are coming together to create programmes to re-engage children in the early years with nature.’ (Sara Knight, Deputy Chairman – Forest School Association UK).
So how about we take a step back in our relationship with technology and reconnect with nature?!
Featured image via WWF.
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