Lifelong Learning through Nature multiplier event held in Dublin
On 6th July, BirdWatch Ireland held a special "mulitiplier event" for education professionals at Dublin Zoo. This was part of the Lifelong Learning through Nature (LLN) education project, which is funded through the European Commission's Erasmus+ programme.
Niall Hatch of BirdWatch Ireland (far left) with some of the teachers
who participated in the Lifelong Learning through Nature
multiplier event at Dublin Zoo on 6th July 2016
At this event, 59 primary school teachers and specialist education experts were presented with the results of a study conducted by the University of Malta, highlighting the importance to young people of nature-based and outdoor learning.
Participants were also informed about new educational materials and activities which have been developed in Malta as part of the project, and which are now being adapted for use both in Ireland and in Poland. In addition, they helped BirdWatch Ireland to trial the draft Irish LLN educational materials and activities which are currently under development.
After all that, participants also got the opportunity to enjoy some outdoor learning of their own, as Niall Hatch of BirdWatch Ireland guided them through a series of practical LLN activities around the grounds of Dublin Zoo.
Lifelong Learning through Nature is a collaborative partnership project between BirdLife Malta, the Ministry for Education and Employment (Malta), the RSPB (the BirdLife Partner in the UK) and OTOP (the BirdLife Partner in Poland). It is designed to develop an environmental and sustainability education programme which engages young people aged 5-21, through formal education, vocational training courses, non-formal education and informal education.