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Courses start on:

 

3 March 2024

Zagreb, Croatia

7 April 2024

Zagreb, Croatia

5 May 2024

Zagreb, Croatia

9 June 2024

Zagreb, Croatia

21 July 2024

Pula, Croatia

1 September 2024

Zagreb, Croatia

6 October 2024

Zagreb, Croatia

3 November 2024

Zagreb, Croatia

2 March 2025

Zagreb, Croatia

6 April 2025

Zagreb, Croatia

18 May 2025

Zagreb, Croatia

15 June 2025

Zagreb, Croatia

20 July 2025

Pula, Croatia

7 September 2025

Zagreb, Croatia

5 October 2025

Zagreb, Croatia

2 November 2025

Zagreb, Croatia

Additional dates and tailor made courses are possible on request

GREEN PEDAGOGY: ENVIRONMENTAL AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION - COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

Introduction

This course is aimed at teachers and school staff from primary to adult level as well as educational advisors and staff of non-government organizations, government, and policymakers.

The course concentrates on two topics that are increasingly highlighted in modern European education policy: Environmental and Outdoor Education.

There are a lot of environmental issues that the world is facing. To prevent them in the future, people must understand and care for the environment. This can only be achieved with support from environmental education. When children study the environment and its functions, they develop a sense of understanding of the environment in the early stage of their life.

For younger children, in particular, time spent outside is essential to developing their understanding of the world. Outdoor learning is a working method in which parts of everyday life at school are moved from the classroom to the local environment. It is only when we actually experience something directly that we develop a strong personal relationship with the experience. That is why Outdoor learning is being encouraged around the world.

This class offers you practical workshops on outdoor and indoor non-formal methods and tools covering different topics and fostering several competences: energizers and team-building, role-playing, team games, environmental education tools, interactive workshops, activities for everyday play, etc.

The course is perfect for those who are interested in the Montessori method, kinesthetic, and hands-on learning, or for those who simply want to enhance their enjoyment of the outdoors.

It is designed to encourage active citizenship among students when it comes to sustainable development.

Engage your class in an exciting hands-on experience learning, get your students exploring the outdoors and learn different ways they can help protect the earth.

 

Methodology

 

Methodology is based on active participation, hands-on activities, and experiential learning suitable and applicable to different subjects and at various levels. Participants will acquire practical knowledge and develop their own skills through workshops, model lessons, project-based learning and outdoor activities, role play, and games.

 

Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will:

  • gain a clear understanding of the basic principles of environment and outdoor learning and learning techniques and how to implement them into their teaching

  • experience different hands-on activities that will make students reflect on the impact of their actions for environmental sustainability

  • design and use learning environment that supports curiosity and learning

  • learn more about games and activities that can be performed outside the classroom that encourage teamwork, cooperation, problem-solving and creativity

  • get familiar with ICT tools that can be used in environmental and outdoor learning

  • incorporate ideas, techniques, and cooperative tasks in their own lesson plans

  • enrich communication skills, improve foreign language competencies and engage in cross-cultural learning experience.

  • improve the use of English (official language of the course).

  • facilitate intercultural awareness.

  • share experiences of educational methodologies as well as diverse outdoor learning strategies in education in different countries in order to help each of us to be more effective in our work.

  • strengthen the European collaboration among educators.

  • gain insights into different education systems.

Preparation

 

After registration participants will receive pre-course questionnaire which will be used by the trainer to learn about participants’ teaching backgrounds and to assess their exact needs. Before the beginning of the course a basic reading list will be suggested to participants to prepare for the training. Participants will also be asked to prepare a presentation about themselves, their professional context and their culture which will be presented during the course. Participants will receive information about the country they are going to visit in order to prepare them for their cultural experience.

Follow up

 

After the course participants will be asked to share what they have learned with the rest of the staff in their schools. Further books and articles to deepen the topic and contacts with some other practitioners all over Europe and in the world will be suggested by the trainer. The methods shared and explored and the bibliography given will allow the participants to complete and improve their educational path.

 

Certificate

Each participant will get a course attendance certificate and the Europass Mobility Document.

Paperwork

We also provide all the support with paperwork you might need for your Erasmus+ project documentation such as mobility agreement and registration letter.

Draft Programme

7 day programme (35 hours) 560 €

   Day 1

Welcome day

Cultural exchange

Outdoor games

   Day 2

An introduction to Outdoor Education

Practical Life Outdoor Classroom: Montessori Ideas

   Day 3

Outdoor group forming activities

Creating Wild Art

   Day 4

Team Building and networking activities with a cultural trip

  Day 5

An introduction to environmental education

Outdoor environmental activities

   Day 6

Digital tools for Outdoor and Environmental education

Individual support

   Day 7

Ecology Project Day

Presentation of outcomes, discussion, evaluation and closing session

Quick links

"Have courage to be happy."

Augusto Boal

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