New environmental teaching course for primary school teachers
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A new environmental teaching course aimed at connecting children with nature, has been launched by the Institute for Education and BirdLife Malta.
The course is aimed at primary school teachers in delivering outdoor learning through nature. It is for the MQF Level 6 Award in Teaching Outdoor Learning through Nature and will be delivered by BirdLife Malta through fieldwork, lectures and self-study materials.
BirdLife Malta said that it is a four-week course, that will provide teachers with the skills and competencies to deliver curriculum-linked activities in an outdoor setting.
This will include creating engaging learning environments that support the benefits spending time in nature provides including improvements in physical health, emotional wellbeing, personal and social skills; as well as fostering a sense of environmental responsibility and sustainable values.
Teachers will become representatives of active citizenship through the training, and will be able to demonstrate the ways in which learning through nature can act as a valuable platform for interpersonal, intercultural, and civic competences, BirdLife said.
Photo: From the first session of the course held earlier this week (Photo by Nathaniel Attard)