A Rocha UK

Planting seeds: environmental education in the UK

We will provide environmental education for children in multi-cultural and multi-faith urban environments. We will run programmes in West London and based on the experience gained there develop materials to equip teachers across the UK to teach outdoor environmental education.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1089276)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£10,000

Amount raised

£18,695

Donations

29

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation

    Helping

Location

  • My favourite part of the day was catching the tadpoles with the net. I hope I get taken again to Minet.

    — Ellie-Mae

  • I learned loads of interesting things about birds and bugs I didn't know. I caught hundreds of crickets and grasshoppers!

    — Elizabeth

  • My favourite part of the day was catching the tadpoles with the net. I hope I get taken again to Minet.

    — Ellie-Mae

  • I learned loads of interesting things about birds and bugs I didn't know. I caught hundreds of crickets and grasshoppers!

    — Elizabeth

Situation

If children experience nature, they care about it and want to conserve it, but children today, especially urban children, are losing their connection with their local natural environment. Reports state that children today spend less time in natural areas than previous generations, and children from ethnic minorities are almost half as likely to go outdoors. UK schools are not prioritising learning in natural environments, largely due to the lack of teacher’s confidence, competence and capacity.

Solution

We will provide environmental education in multicultural urban environments focusing on engaging children from ethnic minorities. We will bring classroom groups in West London to Minet Country Park for our onsite programming. We will apply our experience to develop materials for use in primary schools nationally and provide training sessions for teachers to increase their confidence and enable them to utilise the material in their own local settings.