The engine of education involves three fundamental pillars, according to UNESCO this represents “preparing citizens to make informed decisions that contribute to achieving a culturally plural, socially just and ecologically sustainable development.”
To do school should worry that their students are agents of change , to help reduce the effects that humans have caused in the world to use and exploit its natural resources.
One of the ways to train citizens aware of their environment and responsible for their environmental actions is through their education, where schools have an important task. Science enrichment class is a place where your children can learn and understand environmental education.
It is relevant that a sustainable education includes the following:
- Develop your social responsibility
The philosophy of the schools must emphasize and include solid environmental values , structured and designed to foster in students a culture of responsibility in relation to their social and environmental environment. In our blog you can find some recommendations to train socially responsible children.
- Include environmental content in the classrooms
The theoretical information is an essential part of knowledge of children, therefore, as a school, it must encourage the teaching of environmental issues in the classroom since childhood.
In the first years, pedagogues recommend including topics on:
- Degradation of soils
- Loss of biological diversity
- Lack of water
All these topics in order to bring them closer to their environment and make them reflect on the urgency of acquiring sustainable habits. With a more solid education, you can discuss the use of energy resources, human nutrition, population growth, use of harmful chemical substances, among many others.
- Offer practical activities and workshops
You cannot take care of the environment without solid actions; therefore, every school should encourage its students to perform activities such as garbage separation, waste collection, visits to nature reserves, reduction of energy expenditure, reuse of paper, recycling , you can even do activities to plant trees inside the school or go to reforest a nearby forest, among many other actions.
A general option for both schools and parents is to choose materials and products that adhere to Mexican environmental standards.
These classes and workshops are relevant not only for an education about environmental care, but also represent a differentiator due to the benefits of choosing a school with extracurricular activities.
- Request projects from students
Each year, you can give students the opportunity to generate a project, either individually or as a team, that has some environmental impact. Through them, the student will acquire consciousness, improve their knowledge and obtain technical skills.
Some examples of projects that can be implemented with students are the following: recipe books with plants that can be grown at home or that are native to the area, volunteering to adopt a park or green area to plant trees or collect garbage along of the school year, campaigning in a supermarket or self-service store to make reusable ecological bags, a scientific project to create organic fertilizer and use it for school gardens, manufacturing ecological cleaners, among many others.