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on qualities & capacities that are important for students in the future
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The Learning Garden is an area of the school where activity-based gardening and environment classes for children take place. This garden space could be on the ground or a rooftop or terrace! Children follow a Green Curriculum, and learn to grow Organic vegetables and fruits – using natural methods without use of chemicals like urea and pesticides. Composting is an important part of this garden.
Grow your own food – It’s the future !
Plus it’s a life skill that will give you the healthiest food on the planet.
This is also the nature lab of the school where a number of other activities take place. This is where children come to observe nature, learn about environmental concepts like biodiversity, and develop environment improvement and do-it-yourself DIY projects. Teachers are engaged in the garden as well. They are encouraged to teach subjects like science, language and maths by pointing to living examples in nature –what we call Curriculum Integration (more below).
Children learn to observe and identify things that are damaging to the environment. These could be related to conservation or pollution. When they do this in the school, the challenge for students is to design solutions which tackle the problem. The solutions may involve making gadgets, mechanical or electronic, running campaigns to popularize important messages, or involving the school administration to help solve the problem.
Be creative with science & tech. Small is beautiful ! It’s an amazing time to do electronics that benefits the environment.
Elegant solutions require creativity and good design. Good campaigns require effective use of media tech. The solutions may require new technologies which can be learnt. To bring it all together we need to convince the school admin of what is a good solution to an environmental problem. This is how art and science can be brought together to improve the environment – creative sustainability.
When learning about concepts related to ecological processes, one wonders what can be done about enormous challenges like global warming, biodiversity, pollution on a large scale, monoculture in agriculture or climate change. Like a spaceship, Earth’s resources have to be managed carefully to avoid large disasters. There are certain actions that we can take as individuals at home to deal with this, or campaign to draw other people into following good practices, or becoming active in one’s own neighbourhood and city to see what can only be done at those levels.
On Spaceship Earth : Think global, act local ! Be a Climate activist. No matter what your profession, be a leader in protecting life & the environment.
Some problems are so huge that they require concerted national and international cooperation for years, while working with industries. It requires a resolve in students to become aware of all these aspects and become active participants in this scenario. The can be leaders and changemakers who creatively deal with environmental challenges both locally and globally.
Human beings require Earth’s limited resources to survive. That era is gone, in which people thought there was unlimited healthy air, or waste could be dumped in the ocean without affecting it. This means that we need to conserve the limited resources by not wasting them, or making our gadgets and factories energy efficient.
Conserve precious resources. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Use only what you need to. Give up dirty fuels, embrace renewables.
Secondly our practices, ways of living, industrial processes, agriculture and transportation should not damage our precious resources. We need to Reduce waste, pollution and ongoing damage. We need to Reuse things because the disposable consumer culture tells us to do otherwise. And we need to use renewable, Recyle-able resources more such as wind and sun. We will illustrate with real-life examples.
We review how food is grown from seeds or found in nature as vegetables and plants, and animals are grown as meats or fish caught from seas and rivers. How this raw food is transported, processed and stored before it shows up in markets and supermarket shelves.
Do you know where your food comes from? Probably not. Then how can you know what’s good for you & what’s not ! Know your food source & how it’s processed.
We discuss the nutritional value of these foods, what a healthy diet consists and keeping in mind how they are cooked. We consider the environmental aspects of all these food processes, in getting food on the table, and how it is disposed off, it degrades or is recycled.
Teachers are encouraged in workshops to become participants in the Learning Garden by using objects in the garden to teach subject topics that are part of the regular curriculum. They can observe organisms, plants and insects, and the aesthetics of nature in terms of colours, shapes, sounds, textures and processes.
Living in the city how can nature become part of the curriculum? By connecting the teaching of math, geometry, literature, language, arts & science to living nature & the environment, in the Learning Garden !
The aim is to bring nature and environment into the regular teaching of subjects without changing the prescribed curriculum topics. Activities can then be designed to facilitate teaching and learning for students and teachers.