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Europe and Central Asia
30 Sep 2016

Teaching resources aim to help European pupils to learn a better life through nature

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By Karolina Kalinowska

Six European nature conservation organisations have come together with the University of Gdańsk to provide school teachers with the innovative teaching resources and training needed to develop young children’s environmental awareness.

The Polish Society for the Protection of Birds, in partnership with five European environmental organisations and the University of Gdańsk, has launched a project, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, titled “Empowering Teachers and Pupils for a Better Life through Nature”. It will provide teachers of preschools and primary schools from six European countries - Poland, Ireland, Czechia, Spain, Slovakia and Macedonia - with innovative teaching resources, and the support and training to enable them to deliver an effective bird and nature themed programme of learning.

Not only will the materials prepared in the project’s framework deliver practical guidelines, lessons and activities, but it will also support the use of interactive, digital technologies in the form of a mobile application designed to aid the learning of primary school pupils.

The international training, which will be convened in Ireland in 2018, will host 60 teachers from all six partner countries. The educational materials will be made available for all interested educators as open source resources, and will be accompanied with a video tutorial that aggregates the content of the training in a user-friendly manner.

By improving the quality of early education, the project will contribute to developing young pupils' self-awareness of their impact on the environment, respect for nature and people, skills of enquiry and critical thinking, and the ability to apply these to local and global issues.

The project will be conducted alongside BirdLife International’s Partners in the six participating countries; Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (OTOP), BirdWatch Ireland, Czech Society for Ornithology (CSO), SEO/BirdLife (Spain), Slovak Ornithological Society and Macedonian Ecological Society. This consortium will be supported by experts from University of Gdańsk, who are responsible for the creation of the educational materials.

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