Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Everyone wins when the kids are eco-literate

Great news about a new school that is going to incorporate eco-literacy.

"A new Christchurch school has opened with a roll call of its differences, including a promise pupils will become "eco-literate".
The Seven Oaks School in Opawa, on the former horticulture campus of the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, has been set up by the Holistic Education Trust to add "real-life experiences" to the academic curriculum."

It is so important to marry real life experiences with academia, not just around the environment but money and culture too.

"Trust chairman Bruce McIntyre, the founder of outdoor apparel company Macpac, opened the school yesterday, saying it sprung from a dissatisfaction with humankind's environmental destruction.
"If we are to secure a place on this planet for our children and their children, we have no option but to improve the level of human consciousness," he said.
"And the only institution in society that can do this is education."
McIntyre said in addition to the "3Rs", pupils at Seven Oaks would become eco-literate.
"Even more importantly, they will become highly aware of who they are physically, emotionally, mentally and intuitively," he said."

Good luck to this group who have 'grasped the nettle' and taken action to get the results they believe in.

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