Environmental education has a focus on sustainability, and this includes social, and developmental sustainability as well as learning and acting towards a better environment.
Natural learning – a paradigm for 21st century education.
Young learners need something in addition to STEM, to classroom PBL’s, to play, to academic achievement and technological advances. In an age of crisis, education needs a new focus that brings awareness and develops skills and passions in understanding the basics of life (food, product and environment 1management) and develops practical ways to choose, innovate and develop sustainably into the future.
Students can learn to invent, design and build with good coaching. Harness nature with simple systems. They can learn to manage waste effortlessly and turn it into resources. We teach how to grow clean and healthy food and understand where our food comes from.
Environmental education is broader but could encompass hands-on and practical learning and also learn about supply chain issues comparing harvest to table with global transport and considering how food is packaged and preserved what that means. We explore what alternatives there might be and what the advantages and disadvantages are. We look at what to consider about fuure waste and related good practice elements. There are lots of options that can be learned hands-on in small scale and put in to practice in real life around each of these focus areas.
Examples of options include learning about and making different kinds of composts. From liquid composts to worm farm there is plenty to learn about the principles and practices of enhansing soils with healthy compost. Students learn to make and use natural pesticides and mineral additives for gardening too. These are invaluable, life skills for future food growing, stimulating a passion for gardening and creating abundant, healthy produce.
In the context of learning by doing, students learn about food and resource justice globally, and sustainability issues that intersect with the environment both socially and politically. People first, equality and fair access are sustainable development goals we seek to meet in the context of learning about food and justice. Wil a solutions focus, we aim to develop values and practices that help mitigate and improve upon current imbalances.
School age primary and secondary (esp. 10-13) benefit so much from learning in a natural context (out doors, in nature)
Environment management as awareness and action: closing the knowledge gap about where food comes from, what it is and how to manage it in healthy ways. Learning about products, preservatives, additives, packagings, waste and how to manage these in modern life. Innovating for climate mitigation and adaptation from an early age.
Crisis: climate, atmosphere and the science of climate change.
Instead of just talking generally about climate cange we seek to educate properly on the science of climate change. Studies are showing that there is an increase in anxiety for teenagers especially about climate and particularly since so much vocal activism has spreaf through social media. But just like the issues around food where we adssume a lot but there are glaring gaps, like where does our food actually come from what what is good food and what is not, there is a need to learn what climate change actually is, chemically in the atmosphere and what that means in many different ways. Kowledge goves power and control and encourages more positive action so we focus on the plusses but do not shy away from the realities. We believe students need this at the very least sinse they are inheriting so many problems which will impact more in the coming decades.
We model a variety of recycling initiatives and give students opportunity to learn and practice the range of different approaches. Some of them include:
- Green waste recycling by feeding insects – and raising the insects to feed the farm animals.
- Making eco-bricks for building from the types of plastic that cannot be easily recycled or reused elsewhere. We use these eco bricks for building and teach students how to make them and build with them too.
- Worm farming and compost making are also recycling projects
- The Green-Ed sustainability course is a focussed course on how to select products, plan, design and construct projects using recycles materials that are useful, ecomomical and feed back into the chain.
We believe connecting learning with nature helps develop material intelligence and increases the over all learning processes. From our experience it is about new discovery and inspires learners in practical connections with general learning.
5EyesFarm offers integrations for MYP and IBDP students
Middle school students come to 5Eyes to do ﬁeld trips where they learn hands-on
sustainability practices and some special gardening techniques. This is a fun and helpful extension program where everyone learns a lot.
5EyesFarm facilitates IBDP science students doing a group 4 project by working closely with teachers and coordinators and utilising the aquaponics system as a project site for physics chemistry and biology problems and solutions.
We have also helped cohorts of IBDP students with long essay research.
Apart from the IB we welcome all learners
We invite Intercultural School visits
We offer a one-day learning journey where students rotate around six different workshop style projects and get to try and participate in a range of workshops.
Book your next tour, workshop or field trip and work with us to taylor environmental education for your school or group.