What is permaculture, why is it vital in the quest for viability on planet earth, and how can it play a key role in the education of children? This short video offers a succinct glimpse of the vision that guided the “Children in Permaculture” project, as well as introducing practical resources now available for free online.
Green playing & learning’ is an ISSA Peer Learning Activity developed by Sardes (the Netherlands) and the Neohumanist Education Association (AEN, Romania). In this PLA trainers will be trained to teach preschool and early years teachers how they can enrich their program with the ethics of “earth care, people care and fair share” from permaculture, and use the natural curiosity of young children to explore and discover nature.
In the training ‘Green playing & learning’ ECD teachers will learn how to use young children´s curiosity for nature and how to embed the permaculture principles of ‘earth care, people care and fair share’. They take the children outside to discover the overwhelming treasures of nature, and they learn how to take and use nature and natural materials inside as well. Participants are taught how to design and develop a nature theme with activities covering all relevant development areas.
ISSA members, Neohumanist Education Association (Romania) and Mutant (Netherlands) are pleased to invite you to a two-day “Peer Learning Activity” (PLA) funded by ISSA, to teach the skills necessary for inner and outer peace and happiness from the early years, in age-appropriate ways!
This PLA will adapt the “Peace in your Hands” international training and materials to early childhood education and incorporate practices from Neohumanist Education, such as Quiet Time, Yoga for Children, Wisdom stories and the inner development of the teacher.
Who is this Peer-Learning Activity for?
This training is designed for early childhood education professionals (directors, trainers or practitioners) that wish to pro-actively enhance children’s resilience and abilities to actively create a peaceful, happy world around them.Skills in self-regulation, conflict resolution, as well as values based on peace, can be taught from the early years and create a strong foundation for life.
The international Children in Permaculture conference was a great celebration of a learning journey, enriching teamwork, inspiring networking and a precious seed for the future steps.
This event which took place in Prague, Czech Republic 4-5 May 2018, brought together more than 150 people from different countries and fields, such as educators, school and kindergarten teachers, head teachers, permaculturists, trainers, children’s and outdoor learning NGO, families and children of course. Several Czech and international volunteers supported the conference with their active and lively contribution. All shared a dream of including children in permaculture and embedding its ethics and principles into education. Read More
At last, after several years of intensive collaboration during the Erasmus Plus project “Children in Permaculture” – the C.I.P. manual has been published! “Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education” was co-authored by Lusi Aldersrowe, Gaye Amus and Didi A. Devapriya (the president of the Neohumanist Association of Romania) but many more were involved in the three year process that included seven partner organizations from five countries – including the U.K., Romania, Slovenia, Czechoslavakia, Italy.
The manual is the fruit of a rich exchange of best practices and theory between permaculture experts, experienced practitioners of outdoor education, forest kindergarten leaders, educators and Neohumanist education experts. The manual is now available in entirety online, as well as in printed form for participants in C.I.P. trainings!
The manual has received excellent reviews from by some of the leading experts in the fields of outdoor education, nature education and permaculture including Richard Louv, Dr. (Fil lic) Anders Szczepanski, Rosemary Morrow, Janet Millington and Carolyn Nuttall. You can find more details below and in the manual itself:
Lightning flashed, thunder cracked and rain poured from the sky. The boat rocked dangerously as huge storm waves splashed on the deck. The little captain took a deep belly breath to steady himself and calm the fast beating of his heart so that he could thinking clearly. He held the steering wheel firmly in his hands and guided the boat through the terrible thunderstorm to quieter waters. He loved being in charge of his ship, he enjoyed knowing exactly what to do. The dark clouds had dispersed and a few stars shone brightly in the sky. The waves were calm and gentle, and so was his breathing, now that the danger had passed. Looking out over the peaceful sea at night, with the light of the moon dancing across the ripples, he relaxed and smiled.
What is it?
ISSA members Sardes (the Netherlands) and the Neohumanist Education Association (AEN, Romania) developed this Peer Learning Activity (PLA) as a 2-day joint learning activity about the role of yoga and meditation techniques in stimulating young children’s Executive Function and Self-Regulation. The starting point is The Little Captain, developed by Sardes as a professional development package that helps preschool teachers to stimulate children’s Executive Function and Self-Regulation.
The Children in Permaculture partners met in Scotland, in September 2017 for a practical peer-to-peer learning experience. Each partner organised a learning experience in the outdoors for children from the local schools of Gatehouse and Twynholm. It was an opportunity to test out activities designed within the “Children in Permaculture” curriculum and receive feedback from peers, teachers and most importantly, the children.
Activities organised by the CiP team included creating a rainwater catchment system on a greenhouse, learning about birds, storytelling and play in the forest, puppet play, making a wormery and many more. Many of the successful activities will be included in the teacher’s manual that the team is busy editing.
As the group of 19 Scottish school children from the “Children in Permaculture” (CiP) project, all wearing matching green baseball hats, waited in the Otopeni airport in Bucharest for their delayed flight home, they decided to use the opportunity to interview each other about their experience over the previous five days in Romania.
“It was the chance of a lifetime,” enthused one of the boys, “I hope to come back, and meet all my friends again.”
“I really loved the Romania trip” another girl said, then proceeding to list her favorite memories of the trip.
“I got to learn a lot about permaculture and the ethics and principles. It was great fun!”
“I hope to come back with my family, because I think they would really like it too.”
What made the experience so memorable?
Every day was packed with learning through novel adventures, exploration and hands-on outdoor activities in nature. It was not your typical touristic trip, visiting monuments and museums. Rather, the children had an experience from the “inside”, playing alongside Romanian children their own age at the “Fountain of Hope” afterschool center in Panatau, a small rural village in the mountains of Buzau county.