ESDGC Carmarthenshire

24 01 2013

Yesterday Joe and myself (Sarah) visited two schools in Carmarthenshire: Ysgol Glan-Y-Mor and Y Strade to talk to some of their staff and pupils about their ESDGC programmes.Image

 

ESDGC stands for “Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship” a mouthful of a title for an approach that aims to help students develop the knowledge, values and skills to participate in decisions about the way we do things individually and collectively, both locally and globally, that will improve the quality of life now without damaging the planet for the future. It is a whole curriculum approach to help pupils understand the links between society, economy and environment and between our own lives and those of people throughout the world. This approach is also vital for schools to achieve “outstanding” under the new Estyn framework.

 

There are seven key areas for study: wealth and poverty, identity and culture, choices and decisions, health, consumption and waste, climate change and natural environment. As an environmental organisation Orielton is committed to advocating many similar ideals so we have been able to get involved with these schools to help them achieve their ESDGC objectives.  

 

In mid November 2012 representatives from both schools attended a weekend residential course at Orielton where they participated in a range of activities related to ESDGC and to build their confidence as “Champions”, and then started thinking about what they would like to do back at their school.

 

Ysgol Glan-Y-Mor have decided to renovate an area of land to use as a pond so we went to visit the site and discuss a timescale of events to take place. In the spring we hope to visit the school again and help students clear out the area for the natural pond. Due to the proximity of other ponds, colonisation should occur quickly, however we have thought about taking a sample from our pond at Orielton just to kick things off!

 

Y Strade would like to develop a couple of plots of land within the school and have lots of ideas about things to do there! They are currently finishing building a greenhouse out of plastic bottles and are digging some plots to plant vegetables.

 

We look forward to visiting again soon and rolling up our sleeves to get these projects off the ground!

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