Link Deck #8: Innovation in Education

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As many kids head back to school this week, we thought we’d take a look at some innovative approaches to education from around the world.  Whether it be designing a new school system or encouraging healthy eating habits – passion, creativity and technology are key.

In Australia

On environment and sustainability…

As we continue to face serious environmental challenges, the classroom seems like the perfect place to engage children in the management of their local environments so that they can begin to understand the bigger sustainability picture.

For example, since it began in 2003, thousands of students, teachers and local Queensland communities have participated in the Reef Guardian Schools program. The program creates awareness, understanding and appreciation for the Reef and its connected ecosystems, empowering and encouraging students to care for their incredible marine environment through a range of activities. We are especially proud of this program as our Director, Kate Bowmaker, worked hard to help develop it!

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Australia and the UK both have sustainable school programs that engage students in managing their school’s resources and facilities including energy, waste, water, biodiversity, landscape design, products and materials. These programs also address social and financial issues. Continue reading