Pioneering schools lead the way in environmental education and raise big questions for all school leaders about eco-literacy and sustainable schools.
The courageous environmentalist, Greta Thunberg has captured the hearts, minds and motivations of millions of people across the globe. In only 12 months since her first school strike, she has sparked a global youth movement. Her commitment to the climate change agenda is remarkable. Thunberg is a powerful reminder of how uniquely interlinked young people and the planet are. Indeed, their futures are intertwined in a way that the older generation simply can’t ever be.
Several schools around the globe have been pioneers in the education marketplace recognising how important it is to bring ecoliteracy, sustainability and environmental justice to the world of learning. A number of schools that LSC Education works with provide new and immersive education experiences, putting environmental principles at the heart of their school philosophy and approach.
So how do such schools create a learning experience that puts both academic prowess and the future of our planet at its core ……
Offering unique ecological approaches to learning, they combine forward-thinking curricula while nurturing a core belief in ecoliteracy, sustainability and environmental justice. Their educational visions are delivered through project based and experiential learning, giving children opportunities to plan, collaborate, reflect and make meaningful changes to the world around them.
These schools aim to provide children with authentic learning experiences and enable them to grow into innovative problem solvers and creative thinkers. Pupils develop a strong set of ethical values and a true understanding of the world and it’s complex challenges. Connecting with nature and then considering the environment is core, and this principle is the bedrock for all learning. Pupils are inspired to be engaged, resourceful, and curious with a global outlook. For some schools sustainability is a huge focus, with academic lesson enriched by activities relevant to the technological development of sustainable systems, particularly renewable energy production, storage, and transport.
Some of these schools benefit from inspiring resources, such as climate-controlled biodomes, inspirational places for pupils to deepen their ecological knowledge, satisfy their sense of curiosity and explore nature first-hand, all year round. Others, such as learning gardens, create stunning spaces to engage children in a deeper understanding of their ecology and environment.
Future and current school leaders, are you ready?
LSC Education is privileged to support these innovative schools with their leadership recruitment. Working with them has made us mindful of this aspect of school leadership. Leaders will undoubtedly be questioned by their students about the environment, and it won’t be long before pupils will want to see new and innovative practices in place…. recycling bins will simply not be enough.
As an educational leader, do you have a clear idea as to how you will create eco-literate learners and a sustainable school? We recommend that leaders reflect on this question, as it is one that you might be asked at a future interview, or even by the next young environmentalist emerging from within your own school. These are weighty and complex questions for all those in the world of education. The good news is that we are surrounded by countless bright young people and they might just have the solutions.